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Minimum wage: what is the hourly minimum in the state of California

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The minimum hourly wage in the state of California is one of the highest in the United States, second only to that established in Washington, D.C.

The attractiveness of the state of California, in the United States, is obvious to anyone: it is an entity of great economic development. In fact, if it were a sovereign country, it would be one of the nations with the largest economy in the world. Therefore, it is not surprising that many see this state as a destination of opportunities. If you’re one of those people, you’re probably interested in knowing a crucial indicator: what is the minimum hourly wage in the state of California?

Currently, the minimum wage in California is set at $15.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees, and $14.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.

According to the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), the minimum wage in this state is a mandatory employer payment, and cannot be circumvented by any collective bargaining or agreement.

Only apprentices in California can earn amounts less than the minimum wage (which must not be less than 85% of the established amount), and only during the first 160 hours of work in occupations in which they have no previous experience.

However, it should be noted that certain cities and counties in California have minimum hourly wages even higher than the state minimum, according to the Berkeley Labor Studies Center, among which are:

1) Alameda: $15.75 dollars per hour.
2) Belmont: $16.20 per hour.
3) Berkeley: $16.99 per hour.
4) Burlingame: $15.60 per hour.
5) Cupertino: $16.40 dollars per hour.
6) Daly City: $15.53 per hour.
7) East Palo Alto: $15.60 per hour.
8) El Cerrito: $16.37 dollars per hour.
9) Emeryville: $17.68 per hour.
10) Foster City: $15.75 per hour.
11) Fremont: $16.00 per hour.
12) Half Moon Bay: $15.56 per hour.
13) Hayward: $15.56 per hour (and $14.52 per hour for small businesses).
14) Los Altos: $16.40 dollars per hour.
15) Los Angeles: $16.04 per hour.
16) Malibu: $15.96 per hour.
17) Menlo Park: $15.75 per hour.
18) Milpitas: $16.40 dollars per hour.
19) Mountain View: $17.10 dollars per hour.
20) Rookie: $15.53 per hour (and $15.00 per hour for small businesses).
21) Oakland: $15.06 per hour.
22) Palo Alto: $16.25 per hour.
23) Pasadena: $16.11 per hour.
24) Petaluma: $15.85 per hour.
25) Redwood City: $16.20 per hour.
26) San Carlos: $15.77 dollars per hour.
27) San Francisco: $16.99 per hour.
28) San Jose: $16.20 dollars per hour.
29) San Mateo: $16.20 dollars per hour.
30) Santa Clara: $16.40 dollars per hour.
31) Santa Monica: $15.96 per hour.
32) Santa Rosa: $15.85 dollars per hour.
33) Sonoma: $16.00 per hour (and $15.00 per hour for small businesses).
34) South San Francisco: $15.80 per hour.
35) Sunnyvale: $17.10 per hour.
36) West Hollywood: $15.50 per hour.


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