Inventory of US City and County Minimum Wage Ordinances

UC Berkeley Labor Center

Across the country, cities and counties have become laboratories of policy innovation on labor standards. Before 2012, only 5 localities had minimum wage laws; currently, 51 counties and cities do. To help inform policymakers and other stakeholders, the UC Berkeley Labor Center is maintaining an up-to-date inventory of these laws, with details on wage levels, scheduled increases, and other law details, as well as links to the ordinances.

Note that several minimum wage ordinances have been overturned, including Birmingham, AL; Miami Beach, FL; Louisville and Lexington, KY; Johnson, Lee, Linn, Polk, and Wapello Counties in Iowa; St. Louis, MO; and Kansas City, MO.

In December 2019 Tacoma, WA, repealed its minimum wage ordinance because Washington State’s minimum wage surpassed that of Tacoma. Several other localities have minimum wages that have been surpassed by their state’s minimum wage: Albuquerque, NM; Bangor, ME; Bernalillo County, NM; Las Cruces, NM; and Prince George’s County, MD. (Note that the tipped minimum wage in Albuquerque and Las Cruces remains higher than the state minimum.) Because these ordinances have not been repealed, we are leaving them in this inventory, but are not counting them toward the number of cities and counties with minimum wage ordinances.

The Minimum Wage Inventory includes only minimum wages that were set by local ordinance; it does NOT include localities whose separate minimum wage was set by state law. All information in the inventory is for informational purposes only and is not for the purpose of providing legal advice or documentation. Despite our best efforts, our inventory may not be immediately updated to reflect changes in laws, and may contain inaccuracies. Information on minimum wages should be confirmed with individual localities.

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(last updated 07-12-2021)

Cities and Counties with Minimum Wage Ordinances

Alameda, CA

Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque’s minimum wage has been surpassed by the State of New Mexico’s. We are leaving this ordinance in the inventory because it has not been repealed, but are not counting it toward the number of cities and counties with minimum wage ordinances. Note that the tipped minimum wage in Albuquerque remains higher than that of the state.

Bangor, ME
Bangor’s minimum wage has been surpassed by the State of Maine’s. We are leaving this ordinance in the inventory because it has not been repealed, but are not counting it toward the number of cities and counties with minimum wage ordinances.

Belmont, CA

Berkeley, CA

Bernalillo County, NM
Bernalillo County’s minimum wage has been surpassed by the State of New Mexico’s. We are leaving this ordinance in the inventory because it has not been repealed, but are not counting it toward the number of cities and counties with minimum wage ordinances.

Burlingame, CA

Chicago, IL

Cook County, IL
More than half of Cook County’s municipalities have opted out of the county minimum wage. For more information visit: http://www.seiuhcilin.org/2017/07/13/cook-county-minimum-wage-sick-time-whos-in-whos-out/

Cupertino, CA

Daly City, CA

Denver, CO

East Palo Alto, CA

El Cerrito, CA

Emeryville, CA

Flagstaff, AZ

Fremont, CA

Half Moon Bay, CA

Hayward, CA

Las Cruces, NM
Las Cruces’s minimum wage has been surpassed by the State of New Mexico’s. We are leaving this ordinance in the inventory because it has not been repealed, but are not counting it toward the number of cities and counties with minimum wage ordinances. Note that the tipped minimum wage in Las Cruces remains higher than that of the state.

Los Altos, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles County (unincorporated), CA

Malibu, CA

Menlo Park, CA

Milpitas, CA

Minneapolis, MN (see ordinance here)

Montgomery County, MD (see municipal code also)

Mountain View, CA

Novato, CA

Oakland, CA (see municipal code also)

Palo Alto, CA (see ordinance here)

Pasadena, CA (see municipal code also)

Petaluma, CA

Portland, ME
Portland’s minimum wage has been temporarily surpassed (until 1/1/2022) by the State of Maine’s. 

Prince George’s County, MD
Prince George’s County’s minimum wage has been surpassed by the State of Maryland’s. We are leaving this ordinance in the inventory because it has not been repealed, but are not counting it toward the number of cities and counties with minimum wage ordinances.

Redwood City, CA

Richmond, CA

Rockland, ME

Saint Paul, MN

San Carlos, CA

San Diego, CA
San Diego’s minimum wage has been surpassed by the State of California’s rate for large employers (26+ employees), however it is higher than the State’s rate for small employers (1-25 employees).

San Francisco, CA

San Jose, CA

San Leandro, CA

San Mateo, CA

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe County, NM

Santa Monica, CA

Santa Rosa, CA

Seattle, WA

Sonoma, CA

South San Francisco, CA

Sunnyvale, CA

Washington, DC
1992 ordinance
2004 amendments
2013 amendments
2016 amendments

California City and County Current Minimum Wages

Locality
Date
Rate
Small Employer*
Links
Notes
Alameda 7/1/2020 $15.00 webpage
Belmont 1/1/2021 $15.90 webpage
Berkeley 7/1/2021 $16.32 webpage
Burlingame 1/1/2021 $15.00 webpage
Cupertino 1/1/2021 $15.65 webpage
Daly City 1/1/2021 $15.00 webpage
East Palo Alto 1/1/2021 $15.00 ordinance
El Cerrito 1/1/2021 $15.61 webpage
Emeryville 7/1/2021 $17.13 webpage
Fremont 7/1/2021 $15.25 $15.00 webpage
Half Moon Bay 1/1/2021 $15.00 webpage
Hayward 1/1/2021 $15.00 $14.00 webpage
Los Altos 1/1/2021 $15.65 webpage
Los Angeles 7/1/2021 $15.00 webpage
Los Angeles County (unincorporated) 7/1/2021 $15.00 webpage
Malibu 7/1/2021 $15.00 webpage
Menlo Park 1/1/2021 $15.25 webpage
Milpitas 7/1/2021 $15.65 webpage
Mountain View 1/1/2021 $16.30 webpage
Novato 1/1/2021 $15.00 $14.00 webpage Very large business rate (100+ employees): $15.24
Oakland 1/1/2021 $14.36 webpage
Palo Alto 1/1/2021 $15.65 webpage
Pasadena 7/1/2021 $15.00 webpage
Petaluma 1/1/2021 $15.20 webpage
Redwood City 1/1/2021 $15.62 webpage
Richmond 1/1/2021 $15.21 webpage
San Carlos 1/1/2021 $15.24 webpage
San Diego 1/1/2021 $14.00 webpage San Diego's rate is higher than the State's rate for small employers.
San Francisco 7/1/2021 $16.32 webpage
San Jose 1/1/2021 $15.45 webpage
San Leandro 7/1/2020 $15.00 webpage
San Mateo 1/1/2021 $15.62 webpage
Santa Clara 1/1/2021 $15.65 webpage
Santa Monica 7/1/2021 $15.00 webpage
Santa Rosa 1/1/2021 $15.20 webpage
Sonoma 1/1/2021 $15.00 $14.00 webpage
South San Francisco 1/1/2021 $15.25 webpage
Sunnyvale 1/1/2021 $16.30 webpage

*Small Employer is defined as employing 25 or fewer workers.