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Minimum Wage Ordinance

The current City of San José Minimum Wage rate is $15.00 per hour. Beginning January 1, 2020, the Minimum Wage rate will increase to $15.25 per hour.

Voters approved the Minimum Wage Ordinance on November 6, 2012. The ordinance set an hourly rate of pay that employers must pay their workers for work performed within the City. On November 15, 2016, City Council approved a plan to achieve a $15.00 per hour minimum wage by 2019.

See a brief history of minimum wage rates below:

March 11, 2013 to December 31, 2013 $10.00
January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 $10.15
January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017 $10.30
July 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 $10.50
January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 $13.50


For questions regarding the City’s Minimum Wage Ordinance contact the Office of Equality Assurance at (408) 535-8430 or email


2020 Official Minimum Wage Bulletin

2019 Official Minimum Wage Bulletin

2020 San José Workers: Know Your Rights 2020 San José Workers: Know Your Rights 2020 Ordinance Basics and Responsibilities 2019 Ordinance Basics and Responsibilities


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