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Prepare For California Minimum Wage Increase In 2022

California minimum wage has seen a regular annual increase in recent years. The change varies across cities and counties and is often based on the number of employees a company has. Starting January 1st, California minimum wage will increase to $14.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees. For employers with 26 or more employees, the minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour. This increase also affects minimum salary requirements for exempt employees.

Despite the impact the ongoing pandemic is having on many businesses, many cities and counties are scheduled to increase the minimum wage under their respective local ordinances effective July 1, 2022. However, the following cities will experience minimum wage increases effective January 1st, 2022.


Employers with 25 or fewer employees: $14.52 an hour

Employers with 26 or more: $15.56 per hour


  • Employers with 25 or fewer employees: $15.00 per hour
  • Employers with 26 or more: $16.00 per hour


  • Employers with 25 or fewer employees: $15.00 per hour
  • With 26-99 employees: $15.53 per hour
  • With 100 or more: $15.77 per hour

The following cities will see an increase regardless of employee size effective January 1, 2022.

Los Altos: $16.40 per hour

Half Moon Bay: $15.56 per hour

El Cerrito: $16.37 per hour

East Palo Alto: $15.60 per hour

Daly City: $15.53 per hour

Cupertino: $16.40 per hour

Burlingame: $15.60 per hour

Belmont: $16.20 per hour

Menlo Park: $15.75 per hour

Oakland: $15.06

Palo Alto: $16.45 per hour

Petaluma: $15.85 per hour

Redwood City: $16.20

San Carlos: $15.77

San Diego: $15.00

Richmond: $15.54

San Jose: $16.20 per hour

Santa Clara: $16.40

San Mateo: $16.20

Santa Rosa: $15.85

South San Francisco: $15.80

Sunnyvale: $17.10

All employers in these cities need to make sure that the wage posting in their workplaces reflects these changes.

In addition, pay extra attention to where your remote employees are located: They could be subject to other ordinances that may not typically apply to them when they are reporting to your worksite.

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