$15 Minimum Wage

The City of Santa Rosa has passed a local ordinance that would set minimum wage within the boundary of the City at no less than $15 per hour effective July 1, 2020, for employers with 26 or more employees ($14 for employers with fewer than 25).

Starting January 1, 2021, all employers would pay no less than $15 per hour plus annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Thereafter and following the model of the state, it would increase the minimum wage each year based on the prior year minimum wage rate plus CPI-W.

The City's ordinance differs from California Senate Bill 3, with the below graph highlighting those differences.

Santa Rosa
Year25 or fewer26+ employees25 or fewer26+ employees
2018$10 per hour$11 per hour
Same as state
Same as state
Jan. 1, 2020
Same as state
July 1, 2020$14$15
2021$13$14$15 + CPI-W
2022$14$15+ CPI-W
2023$15+ CPI-W
2024 and beyond+ CPI-W each year

Unless noted, all dates start on January 1 of that year.


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