The minimum wage in the state of California increases year by year, and is expected to increase to $15.00 by 2021. On July 1, 2016, the minimum wage in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County such as Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights rose from $10.00 to $10.50. Pasadena’s minimum wage follows very closely. Once more in July 2018, the minimum wage in Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles increased again. The following chart shows the most updated minimum wage rates for major cities in Southern California.

Current Minimum Wage(s) Future Minimum Wage(s)
State of California $10.50 per hour
for employers with 25 or fewer employees

$11.00 per hour
for employers with 26 or more employees
Employers with 25 or fewer employees:
$11.00 per hour, beginning January 1, 2019

Employers with 26 or more employees:
$12.00 per hour, beginning January 1, 2019
Los Angeles (county)** $12.00 per hour
for employers with 25 or fewer employees

$13.25 per hour
for employers with 26 or more employees
Employers with 25 or fewer employees:
$13.25 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019

Employers with 26 or more employees:
$14.25 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019
Los Angeles (city)
$12.00 per hour
for employers with 25 or fewer employees

$13.25 per hour
for employers with 26 or more employees
Employers with 25 or fewer employees:
$13.25 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019

Employers with 26 or more employees:
$14.25 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019
Pasadena $12.00 per hour
for employers with 25 or fewer employees

$13.25 per hour
for employers with 26 or more employees
N/A
Santa Monica
$12.00 per hour
for employers with 25 or fewer employees

$13.25 per hour
for employers with 26 or more employees
Employers with 25 or fewer employees:
$13.25 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019

Employers with 26 or more employees:
$14.25 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019

**Unincorporated areas such as Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights will follow Los Angeles County regulations. The above information is for reference only. Each region’s minimum wage rate varies so make sure to double check the region your company is in, and follow the laws and regulations of that region. If you have any doubts, please make sure to consult a labor law attorney to confirm.

Not only has minimum wage rates been increasing, but the cost of housing, gas, food, and more have also risen. Even though you may be getting a salary increase, the expenses you make in your daily life has also increased as well.

KCAL Insurance Agency would like to remind all employers in California to make sure your company’s minimum wage rates are updated and complies with the law. According to California state law, failure to post required state and federal employment notices can result in large fines. Make sure the labor law poster in your office is visible and updated, because if it’s outdated, you are likely to face fines as well. KCAL Insurance Agency offers free labor law posters for businesses in California, and will even mail it to your business for free! Click here to get a free labor law poster!