California’s minimum wage will rise to $15 hourly with employers 26+ for 2022. 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 2022.

Since 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 a minimum wage of $14 hourly, capping at $15 hourly in 2023.

Keep in mind that some cities have ordinances for higher wages. For example, back in 2020, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Los Angeles City & Los Angeles County’s minimum wages increased to $15 hourly (for those with 26 or more employees) or $14.25 hourly (for 25 or fewer employees). On July 1, 2021, the San Francisco minimum wage increased to $16.32 hourly, and Oakland’s rose to $18.36 hourly. This is compared to the Federal rate of $7.25 an hour.

Here in California, hourly wages vary by industry. To see the 2022 hourly minimum wages by job, click here.

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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