Though it looks like a large number, remember that more than 65 percent of Los Angeles County is unincorporated, meaning plenty of employers with locations there must adhere to the county’s employment laws.
Guide: County and City Minimum Wage Rates
Los Angeles County Minimum Wage
As a reminder, the Los Angeles County minimum wage — again, only applying to the unincorporated areas of the county — is $16.90, effective July 1, 2023. (Also, California does not allow employers to take tip credits.)
While we’ve straightened out where in LA County employers need to be aware of potential employment laws, only a handful of cities in the chart above have their own minimum wage rates.
Below are the incorporated cities within Los Angeles County with their own minimum wage laws and the rates as of July 1, 2023.
Of course, there are several other California cities outside Los Angeles County that have their own minimum wage ordinances, especially in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Employers with locations across California should double check to ensure they are paying the correct rate.
And, as mentioned above, employers should also be sure they have the laws correctly applied to the appropriate jurisdiction.
Lastly, some jurisdictions in California have industry-specific rates, adding another piece to the minimum wage compliance puzzle.
California Minimum Wage
While the information above is accurate as of June 2023, employers with locations in Los Angeles County should always keep an eye out for pending legislation and new laws. For example, West Hollywood’s minimum wage went up Jan. 1, 2023, and again July 1, 2023.
Plus, as noted, employers should also audit their locations to ensure they aren’t using ZIP codes to apply minimum wage in the county. GovDocs Minimum Wage, for example, uses geospatial technology to pinpoint the precise jurisdiction of each location and match the applicable laws:
- Latitude/longitude technology gets the rooftop-accurate location data for client locations
- Crafted and maintained by the GovDocs Employment Law and Compliance team, jurisdictional mapping technology interacts directly with each client location’s latitude/longitude data to determine which legal jurisdictions to apply to that location
With the spate of new minimum wage activity in recent years, especially in California, employers with locations in LA County would be wise to review their locations and monitor potential changes in the future.