California

Standard Minimum Wage
$12.00 / hour

The minimum wage is the entry-level hourly wage paid to employees by their employer.

Tipped Minimum Wage
$12.00 / hour

The tipped wage is the base wage for employees who earn tips (such as servers and bartenders). Tipped employees are guaranteed to earn the minimum wage when tips are included.

Local Exceptions

Minimum Wage Tipped Wage
  Alameda $13.50 $13.50
  Belmont $13.50 $13.50
  Berkley $15.59 $15.59
  Cupertino $15.00 $15.00
  El Cerrito $15.00 $15.00
  Emeryville $16.30 $16.30
  Los Altos $15.00 $15.00
  Los Angeles City - Employers of 26 or more $14.25 $14.25
  Los Angeles City - Employers of 25 or less $13.25 $13.25
  Los Angeles County - Employers of 26 or more $14.25 $14.25
  Los Angeles County - Employers of 25 or less $13.25 $13.25
  Malibu $14.25 $14.25
  Miliptas $15.00 $15.00
  Mountain View $15.65 $15.65
  Oakland $13.80 $13.80
  Palo Alto $15.00 $15.00
  Pasadena - Employers of 26 or more $14.25 $14.25
  Pasadena - Employers of 25 or less $13.25 $13.25
  Redwood City $13.50 $13.50
  Richmond $15.00 $15.00
  San Diego $12.00 $12.00
  San Francisco $15.59 $15.59
  San Jose $15.00 $15.00
  San Leandro $14.00 $14.00
  San Mateo $15.00 $15.00
  Santa Clara $15.00 $15.00
  Santa Monica - Employers of 26 or more $14.25 $14.25
  Santa Monica - Employers of 25 or less $13.25 $13.25
  Sunnyvale $15.65 $15.65

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