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.
Related: Early 2022 State Minimum Wage Rates
East Palo Alto
Half Moon Bay
- $15.56 (large employers, 26 or more employees)
- $14.52 (small employers, 25 or fewer employees)
- $15.77 (100 or more employees
- $15.53 (large, 26-99 employees)
- $15 (small, 1-25 employees)
- $16.38 (hotel workers with health benefits)
- $21.84 (hotel workers without health benefits)
- $16 (large employers, 26 or more employees)
- $15 (small employers, 25 or fewer employees)
South San Francisco
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.
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.