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Timeline of minimum wage increases in California

Location (Year enacted) Step Minimum Date
State of California (announced) Before increase: $10.00  
1st 10.50   Jan. 1, 2017
2nd 11.00   Jan. 1, 2018
3rd 12.00   Jan. 1, 2019
4th 13.00   Jan. 1, 2020
5th 14.00   Jan. 1, 2021
6th 15.00   Jan. 1, 2022
Berkeley (2014)1 Before increase: $9.00  
1st 10.00   Oct. 1, 2014
2nd 11.00   Oct. 1, 2015
3rd 12.53   Oct. 1, 2016
El Cerrito (2015) Before increase: $10.00  
1st 11.60   July 1, 2016
2nd 12.25   Jan. 1, 2017
3rd 13.60   Jan. 1, 2018
4th 15.00   Jan. 1, 2019
Emeryville (2015)
(more than 55 employees)
Before increase: $9.00  
1st 14.44   July 1, 2015
Emeryville (2015)
(55 or fewer employees)
Before increase: $9.00  
1st 12.25   July 1, 2015
2nd 13.00   July 1, 2016
3rd 14.00   July 1, 2017
4th 15.00   July 1, 2018
5th Same rate as large businesses July 1, 2019
Los Angeles City/County (2015)
(more than 25 employees)2
Before increase: $10.00  
1st 10.50   July 1, 2016
2nd 12.00   July 1, 2017
3rd 13.25   July 1, 2018
4th 14.25   July 1, 2019
5th 15.00   July 1, 2020
Los Angeles City/County (2015)
(25 or fewer employees)
Before increase: $10.00  
1st 10.50   July 1, 2017
2nd 12.00   July 1, 2018
3rd 13.25   July 1, 2019
4th 14.25   July 1, 2020
5th 15.00   July 1, 2021
Mountain View (2015) Before increase: $10.30  
1st 11.00   Jan. 1, 2016
2nd 13.00   Jan. 1, 2017
3rd 15.00   Jan. 1, 2018
Oakland (2014) Before increase: $9.00  
1st 12.25   March 1, 2015
Palo Alto (2015) Before increase: $9.00  
1st 11.00   Jan. 1, 2016
Richmond (2014)3 Before increase: $9.00  
1st 9.60   Jan. 1, 2015
2nd 11.52   Jan. 1, 2016
3rd 12.30   Jan. 1, 2017
4th 13.00   Jan. 1, 2018
Sacramento (2015) Before increase: $9.00  
1st 10.50   Jan. 1, 2017
2nd 11.00   Jan. 1, 2018
3rd 11.75   Jan. 1, 2019
4th 12.50   Jan. 1, 2020
San Diego (2014)4 Before increase: $9.00  
1st 9.75   Jan. 1, 2015
2nd 10.50   Jan. 1, 2016
3rd 11.50   Jan. 1, 2017
San Francisco (2014) Before increase: $11.05  
1st 12.25   May 1, 2015
2nd 13.00   July 1, 2016
3rd 14.00   July 1, 2017
4th 15.00   July 1, 2018
San Jose (2012) Before increase: $8.00  
1st 10.00   March 11, 2013
Santa Clara (2015) Before increase: $10.00  
1st 11.00   Jan. 1, 2016
Santa Monica (2016)
(26 or more employees)5
Before increase: $10.00  
1st 10.50   July 1, 2016
2nd 12.00   July 1, 2017
3rd 13.25   July 1, 2018
4th 14.25   July 1, 2019
5th 15.00   July 1, 2020
Santa Monica (2016)
(25 or fewer employees)
Before increase: $10.00  
1st 10.50   July 1, 2017
2nd 12.00   July 1, 2018
3rd 13.25   July 1, 2019
4th 14.25   July 1, 2020
5th 15.00   July 1, 2021
Sunnyvale (2014) Before increase: $9.00  
1st 10.30   Jan. 1, 2015

1 Berkeley's minimum wage law exempts nonprofit organizations for the first year.

2 City of Los Angeles' minimum wage law allows nonprofit organizations with more than 25 employees to apply for coverage under the small business schedule.

3 Richmond's minimum wage law allows employers that derive more than 50% of their income from transactions where goods and services produced in Richmond are shipped outside the city to pay an "intermediate" minimum wage that is the midpoint between the state and the city minimum wages. In addition, it exempts businesses that pay for less than 800 hours of employee labor during any two-week period.

4 San Diego's minimum wage law is on hold pending the results of a referendum in 2016. Indexing for San Diego does not begin until 2019.

5 Santa Monica's minimum wage law allows nonprofit organizations with more than 25 employees to apply for coverage under the small business schedule.

Source: UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education

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