The minimum wage in California is currently $15.50/hour for all employers.
Some cities and counties have higher minimum wages than the state’s rate. There is a list of City and County minimum wages in California maintained by UC Berkeley.
Most employees in California must be paid at least the minimum wage per hour, with some exceptions explained in the FAQs below.
- Frequently Asked Questions about exemption and pay
- Frequently Asked Questions about the 2017-2023 $15 phase in