New Year, New Minimum Wage
December 31 2020
Effective January 1, 2021, California’s minimum wage rate increased to $14.00 per hour (from $13.00) for employers with 26 or more employees and $13.00 per hour (from $12.00) for employers with 25 or fewer employees. The minimum wage will continue to increase yearly until it reaches $15.00 per hour on January 1, 2022 for employers with 26 or more employees and January 1, 2023 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
In California, many cities and counties are increasing their minimum wages faster than the state. Click here for a chart of increases set to take place in 2021.
Also note that effective January 1, 2021, the minimum salary threshold for exempt executive, administrative, and professional employees is as follows:
- $58,240 per year (or $1,120 per week) for employers of 26 or more employees
- $54,080 per year (or $1,040 per week) for employers of 25 or fewer employees
Further, in order to maintain their exempt status, commissioned inside salespeople will need to earn more than $21 per hour (for employers of 26 of more employees) or $19.50 per hour (for employers of 25 or fewer employees).