Santa Fe Increases Citywide Minimum Wage

Published on February 10, 2016

Santa Fe, New Mexico released its new minimum wage rate (known as the “living wage” in Santa Fe), adjusted for cost of living increases.

Effective March 1, 2016, the new rate will be $10.91 per hour.  Tips or commissions totaling more than $100 per month can be counted as wages and credited toward the Santa Fe living wage rate.

Which Santa Fe Businesses Must Pay the Santa Fe Minimum Wage?

Santa Fe City Living Wage Ordinance (§28-1 28-1.12 SFCC 1987) established a citywide minimum wage in 2004 for the following employers:

  • Businesses with City-administered business licenses or registrations.
  • Contractors providing services to the City.
  • City government.
  • Businesses receiving City economic development assistance of more than $25,000.
  • Nonprofit organizations, except for those whose primary source of funds is from Medicaid waivers.

Beginning in 2009, the City indexed the minimum wage to account for inflation. The rate is adjusted annually if the CPI increases the cost of living.

Santa Fe Living Wage Posting and Notice Requirements

The Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance notice was revised for the March 1, 2016 effective date. Employers should replace previous versions prior to the March 1 rate increase.

Businesses covered by the Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance are required to:

“…post and display in a prominent location next to its business license or registration on the business premises a notice, in English and Spanish.”

Santa Fe City Minimum Wage Postings

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