California’s $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage Schedule

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By: Hansa Patel

As of January 1, 2017, the state minimum wage at employers with 26 or more employees increases to $10.50 per hour, and then increases 50 cents per hour on January 1, of each following year until and including 2022, when the rate will reach $15 per hour. For employers of 25 or fewer employees, state minimum wage will remain $10 per hour until January 1, 2018, when it will increase to $10.50, and then escalate 50 cents per hour each year until and including 2023 when the rate will arrive at $15 per hour.

The law grants the Governor power to pause scheduled increases for one year in case of poor economic conditions – except for the $10.50 initial rate increase and after the rate has been indexed in 2024.