California’s minimum wage will rise to $12 hourly with employers 26+ for 2020. Photo by Louis Hansel on Unsplash.

It’s that time of year again, when employers need to review the new minimum wage in California for 2020. Here’s how it will stack up: All employers with 25 employees or less will pay their minimum wage workers $11 an hour, while those with 26 or more employees will pay $12 an hour.

Since January 1, 2017, California’s minimum wage has been increasing for all businesses and industries. The minimum wage will continue to rise here in the state until 2022, when it will cap at $15 hourly.  All businesses with less than 26 employees will have an additional year until 2023 for each increase.

Keep in mind that some cities have ordinances for higher wages. For example, on July 1, 2020, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Los Angeles City & Los Angeles County minimum wages will increase to $15 hourly (for those with 26 or more employees) or $14.25 hourly (for 25 or fewer employees). On July 1, 2019, the San Francisco minimum wage already increased to $15.59 hourly. Here, the rate is adjusted every year, based on the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index.

According to the Inland Empire/ Desert Region Educational Supply and Occupational Demand Analysis for June 2019, the median wage for skilled trades such as EMTs and paramedics was $14.76 hourly, and medical assistants/nursing assistants made a median wage of $14.34 hourly. 

Employers may not use tips as a wager for the hourly payment, nor may they pay minors any less than adults. For questions about the new minimum wage increases, please contact our employment attorneys at the link below.


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