California’s drive toward a 15-dollar minimum wage for all employers continues. Effective January 1, 2022, the minimum wage for employers with 25 employees or less will increase to $14.00 per hour, and for employers with 26 or more employees, the minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour. Employers must remember this increase also affects minimum salary requirements for exempt employees.

While some local minimum wages increase mid-year, many others also increase on January 1 at the same time the State’s increases take effect.

Additionally, the following local minimum wage increases go into effect on January 1, 2022, and are differentiated by employer size:

Hayward

Employers with 25 or fewer employees:

$14.52 per hour

Employers with 26 or more employees:

$15.56 per hour

Novato

Employers with 1 to 25 employees:

$15.00 per hour

Employers with 26- 99 employees:

$15.53 per hour

Employers with 100 or more employees:

$15.77

Sonoma

Employers with 25 or fewer employees:

$15.00 per hour

Employers with 26 or more employees:

$16.00 per hour

The following local minimum wages go into effect on January 1, 2021, regardless of employer size:

City

Required Minimum Wage as of January 1, 2021, Irrespective of Employer Size

Belmont $16.20 per hour
Burlingame $15.60 per hour
Cupertino $16.40 per hour
Daly City $15.53 per hour
East Palo Alto $15.60 per hour
El Cerrito $16.37 per hour
Half Moon Bay $15.56 per hour
Los Altos $16.40 per hour
Menlo Park $15.75 per hour
Mountain View $17.10 per hour
Oakland $15.06 per hour
Palo Alto $16.45 per hour
Petaluma $15.85 per hour
Redwood City $16.20 per hour
Richmond $15.54 per hour
San Carlos $15.77 per hour
San Diego $15.00 per hour
San Jose $16.20 per hour
San Mateo $16.20 per hour
Santa Clara $16.40 per hour
Santa Rosa $15.85 per hour
South San Francisco $15.55 per hour
Sunnyvale $17.10 per hour

Employers must also ensure their minimum wage postings are updated appropriately to reflect state and local increases.

To ensure your company has up-to-date minimum wage information, subscribe to Jackson Lewis’ Minimum Wage Watch, which provides alerts on changes in the minimum wage in California and around the country.