San Diego Minimum Wage Laws San Diego, California Local Minimum Wage for 2023, 2024

While California's state minimum wage is $16.00 per hour, San Diego has set its own, higher minimum wage rate that applies to employees of all companies who work within San Diego. A minimum wage increase is currently scheduled in San Diego, but until the effective date of the state minimum wage rate of $16.00 will apply.

Current Minimum Wage
$16.85 / hour
Effective 1/1/2024
Future Increase
Comparison to State Wage
+$0.85 / hour

Because San Diego 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 San Diego. You can find more information about California's minimum wage and labor laws on this site.

San Diego Minimum Wage Rates 2024 Other Local Minimum Wage Rates in California

In addition to San Diego, 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
Alameda All employees $16.52 +$0.52
Belmont All employees $17.35 +$1.35
Berkeley All employees $18.07 +$2.07
Burlingame All employees $17.03 +$1.03
Cupertino All employees $17.75 +$1.75
Daily City All employees $16.62 +$0.62
East Palo Alto All employees $17.00 +$1.00
El Cerrito All employees $17.92 +$1.92
Emeryville All employees $18.67 +$2.67
Foster City All employees $17.00 +$1.00
Freemont all employees $16.80 +$0.80
Half Moon Bay All employees $17.01 +$1.01
Hayward large employers- 26 or more employees $16.90 +$0.90
  small employers- 25 or fewer employees $16.00 Same
Los Altos All employees $17.75 +$1.75
Los Angeles $16.78 +$0.78
Los Angeles -unincorporated county All employees $19.90 +$3.90
Malibu All employees $16.90 +$0.90
Menlo Park All employees $16.70 +$0.70
Milpitas All employees $17.20 +$1.20
Mountain View All employees $18.75 +$2.75
Novato 100 + employees $16.86 +$0.86
  less than 100 imployees $16.04 +$0.04
Oakland All employees $16.50 +$0.50
Palo Alto All employees $17.80 +$1.80
Pasadena $16.93 +$0.93
Petaluma $17.45 +$1.45
Redwood City All employees $17.70 +$1.70
Richmond All employees $17.20 +$1.20
San Carlos All employees $16.87 +$0.87
San Francisco $18.07 +$2.07
San Jose All employees $17.55 +$1.55
San Mateo All employees $17.35 +$1.35
San Mateo county (unincorporated) All employees $17.06 +$1.06
Santa Clara All employees $17.35 +$1.35
Santa Monica All employees $16.90 +$0.90
Santa Rosa All employees $17.45 +$1.45
Sonoma Large employers $17.60 +$1.60
  small employers $16.56 +$0.56
south San Francisco $17.25 +$1.25
Sunnyvale All employees $18.55 +$2.55
West Hollywood All employees $19.08 +$3.08

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