California Minimum Wage Increase

California Minimum Wage Increase

September 30, 2013

Governor Brown Signs Bill
To Increase Minimum Wage

In case you missed it……

Governor Brown has signed AB 10 by Assembly member Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), which will raise the minimum wage in California from $8.00 per hour to $10.00 per hour.  AB 10 will raise California’s minimum wage in two one-dollar increments, from $8 per hour today to $9 per hour, effective July 1, 2014and to $10 per hour, effective January 1, 2016.

Currently, California ranks 8th in the country in minimum wage behind Nevada ($8.25), Connecticut ($8.25), Illinois ($8.25), District of Columbia ($8.25), Vermont (8.60), Oregon ($8.95) and the highest – the state of Washington ($9.19).  In 2016, California could become the highest; however, Vermont, Oregon and Washington are all tied to inflationary increases and could very well be higher than $10 in 2016.

Nearly all farmworkers make more than minimum wage already, but this could add more of a burden to farmers' overall payroll.