Berkeley Minimum Wage Laws Berkeley, California Local Minimum Wage for 2018, 2019

While California's state minimum wage is $12.00 per hour, Berkeley has set its own, higher minimum wage rate that applies to employees of all companies who work within Berkeley. Berkeley's minimum wage is currently $3.00 higher than the California minimum wage, and it was last raised to $15.00 per hour on 10/1/2018.

Past Minimum Wage
$13.25 / hour
Effective 10/1/2017
Current Minimum Wage
$15.00 / hour
Effective 10/1/2018
Comparison to State Wage
+$1.25 / hour

Because Berkeley has a higher minimum wage rate than the one set by California or the Federal government, the higher local minimum wage rate takes precedence and must be paid to all employees covered by the local minimum wage regulation.

Keep in mind that California and the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act both define various minimum wage exemptions and other labor laws that may apply to employees in Berkeley. You can find more information about California's minimum wage and labor laws on this site.

Berkeley Minimum Wage Increase

Berkeley recently increased their minimum wage from $13.25 to $15.00 per hour, which took effect on October 1st, 2018. The increase raised Berkeley's minimum wage by $1.75 per hour.

Berkeley Minimum Wage Rates 2019 Other Local Minimum Wage Rates in California

In addition to Berkeley, there are other localities in California that have passed municipal minimum wage legislation. The following is a table of other California localities with established minimum wage laws.

Locality Applies To Minimum Wage Comparison to State
Belmont All employees $13.50 +$1.50
Cupertino All employees $15.00 +$3.00
El Cerrito All employees $15.00 +$3.00
Emeryville 55 or less employees $14.00 +$2.00
  56 or more employees $15.20 +$3.20
Los Altos All employees $15.00 +$3.00
Los Angeles Employers with 25 or fewer Employees or Non-Profit Corporations with 26 or more Employees with approval to pay a deferred rate $12.00 Same
  Employers with 26 or more Employees $13.25 +$1.25
Los Angeles -unincorporated county Employers with 25 or fewer Employees $12.00 Same
  Employers with 26 or more Employees $13.25 +$1.25
Malibu All employees $12.00 Same
Milpitas All employees $13.50 +$1.50
Mountain View All employees $15.65 +$3.65
Oakland All employees $13.80 +$1.80
Palo Alto All employees $15.00 +$3.00
Redwood City 25 or less employees $13.50 +$1.50
  26 or more employees $13.50 +$1.50
Richmond With benefits $13.50 +$1.50
  Without benefits $15.00 +$3.00
San Diego All employees $12.00 Same
San Francisco All employees $14.00 +$2.00
San Jose All employees $15.00 +$3.00
San Leandro All employees $12.00 Same
San Mateo All employees $13.50 +$1.50
Santa Clara All employees $15.00 +$3.00
Santa Monica 25 or less employees $12.00 Same
  26 or more employees $13.25 +$1.25
Sunnyvale All employees $15.65 +$3.65

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