New Year, New Minimum Wage

by Katie A. Collins
The Labor & Employment Law Blog

Effective January 1, 2022, California’s minimum wage rate increased to $15.00 per hour (from $14.00) for employers with 26 or more employees and $14.00 per hour (from $13.00) for employers with 25 or fewer employees. The minimum wage will reach $15.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees on January 1, 2023.

In California, many cities and counties are increasing their minimum wages faster than the state. Below is a  chart of increases set to take place in 2022.

2022 Minimum Wage Increases
Jurisdiction Effective Date of Increase 2021 Minimum Wage 2022 Minimum Wage
Belmont January 1, 2022 $15.90 $16.20
Berkeley July 1, 2022 $16.32 $16.32 + CPI
Burlingame January 1, 2022 $15.00 $15.60
Cupertino January 1, 2022 $15.65 $16.40
Daly City January 1, 2022 $15.00 $15.53
East Palo Alto January 1, 2022 $15.00 $15.60
El Cerrito January 1, 2022 $15.61 $16.37
Emeryville July 1, 2022 $17.13 $17.13 + CPI
Fremont July 1, 2022 $15.25 (26 or more employees)

 

$15.00 (25 or fewer employees)

$15.25 + CPI (26 or more employees)

 

$15.00 + CPI (25 or fewer employees)

Half Moon Bay January 1, 2022 $15.00 $15.56
Hayward January 1, 2022 $15.00 (26 or more employees)

 

$14.00 (25 or fewer employees)

$15.56 (26 or more employees)

 

$14.52 (25 or fewer employees)

Los Altos January 1, 2022 $15.65 $16.40
Los Angeles (County and City) July 1, 2022 $15.00 (26 or more employees)

 

$15.00 (25 or fewer employees)

$15.00 + CPI (26 or more employees)

 

$15.00 + CPI (25 or fewer employees)

Malibu July 1, 2022 $15.00 $15.00 + CPI
Milpitas July 1, 2022 $15.65 $15.65 + CPI
Menlo Park January 1, 2022 $15.25 $15.75
Mountain View January 1, 2022 $16.30 $17.10
Novato January 1, 2022 $15.24 (100 or more employees)

 

$15.00 (26-99 employees)

 

$14.00 (1-25 employees)

$15.77 (100 or more employees)

 

$15.53 (26-99 employees)

 

$15.00 (1-25 employees)

Oakland January 1, 2022 $14.36 $15.06
Palo Alto January 1, 2022 $15.65 $16.45
Pasadena July 1, 2022 $15.00 $15.00 + CPI
Petaluma January 1, 2022 $15.20 (26 or more employees)

 

$15.00 (25 or fewer employees)

$15.85
Redwood City January 1, 2022 $15.62 $16.20
Richmond January 1, 2022 $15.21 $15.54
San Carlos January 1, 2022 $15.24 $15.77
San Diego January 1, 2022 $14.00 $15.00
San Francisco July 1, 2022 $16.32 $16.32 + CPI
San Jose January 1, 2022 $15.45 $16.20
San Mateo January 1, 2022 $15.62 $16.20
Santa Clara January 1, 2022 $15.65 $16.40
Santa Monica July 1, 2022 $15.00 $15.00 + CPI
Santa Rosa January 1, 2022 $15.20 $15.85
Sonoma January 1, 2022 $15.00 (26 or more employees)

 

$14.00 (25 or fewer employees)

$16.00 (26 or more employees)

 

$15.00 (25 or fewer employees)

South San Francisco January 1, 2022 $15.25 $15.80
Sunnyvale January 1, 2022 $16.30 $17.10
West Hollywood January 1, 2022 $14.00 (50 or more employees)

 

$13.00 (49 or fewer employees)

$15.50 (50 or more employees)

 

$15.00 (49 or fewer employees)

Also note that effective January 1, 2022, the minimum salary threshold for exempt executive, administrative, and professional employees is as follows:

  • $62,400 per year for employers of 26 or more employees
  • $58,240 per year for employers of 25 or fewer employees
  • $50.00 per hour/$8,679.16 per month/$104,149.81 per year for computer professionals
  • $91.07 per hour for licensed physicians and surgeons

View or Download the full chart here: 2022 Minimum Wages