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2022 Minimum Wage Rates for California Cities

By Kris Janisch
Published Nov. 18, 2021

2022 Minimum Wage Rates for California Cities

Also, employers should note that a smaller number of cities in California update their rates on July 1 each year.

What are the 2022 minimum wage rates for California cities?

More than 20 cities in the Golden State update their rates on Jan. 1, 2022. And, notably, many California cities have minimum wage rates that have surpassed the $15 threshold.

Also, employers should note that a smaller number of cities in California update their rates on July 1 each year. As a reminder, the 2022 California minimum wage rates are $15 for large employers (26 or more employees) and $14 for small employers (25 or fewer employees).

Lastly, most minimum wage rate increases carry an associated labor law posting update.

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Jan. 1, 2022, Minimum Wage Rates for California Cities

To start, employers should note that California does not allow companies to pay a lower rate for employees who receive tips. Also, a couple of cities have updated their rates twice in recent months, adding to the complexity of managing minimum wage rates.

The increases listed below are in effect as of Jan. 1, 2022.

Belmont

  • $16.20

Burlingame

  • $15.60

Cupertino

  • $16.40

Related: Early 2022 State Minimum Wage Rates

Daly City

  • $15.53

East Palo Alto

  • $15.60

El Cerrito

  • $16.37

Half Moon Bay

  • $15.56

2022 city and county minimum wage ratesHayward

  • $15.56 (large employers, 26 or more employees)
  • $14.52 (small employers, 25 or fewer employees)

Los Altos

  • $16.40

Menlo Park

  • $15.75

Mountain View

  • $17.10

Novato

  • $15.77 (100 or more employees
  • $15.53 (large, 26-99 employees)
  • $15 (small, 1-25 employees)

Oakland

  • $15.06
  • $16.38 (hotel workers with health benefits)
  • $21.84 (hotel workers without health benefits)

Palo Alto

  • $16.45

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  • $15.85

Redwood City

  • $16.20

Richmond

  • $15.54

San Carlos

  • $15.77

San Diego

  • $15

San Jose

  • $16.20

San Mateo

  • $16.20

Santa Clara

  • $16.40

Santa Rosa

  • $15.85

Sonoma

  • $16 (large employers, 26 or more employees)
  • $15 (small employers, 25 or fewer employees)

South San Francisco

  • $15.80

Sunnyvale

  • $17.10

West Hollywood

West Hollywood, Calif., only recently created new minimum wage rates.

  • $15.50 (large employers, 50 or more employees)
  • $15 (small employers, 49 or fewer employees)
  • $17.64 (hotel workers)

Find more information on the city’s website.

Conclusion

The continued growth of new and updating employment laws in California has made the state the No. 1 challenge for HR and compliance teams.

And minimum wage is a big piece of the compliance puzzle. Employers with locations in California should review their payroll practices to ensure they are paying the correct rate.

This Employment Law News blog is intended for market awareness only, it is not to be used for legal advice or counsel.

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