In 1978, the California minimum wage was $2.65/hour. 40 years later, it is at least $10.50/hour in Los Angeles County and, in some locations, quite a bit higher. Today, it would take $10.51 to purchase what could be purchased with the minimum pay for an hour 40 years ago, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator. This means that current minimum wage rates in Los Angeles County are beginning to push past inflation in value. However, before we begin celebrating, it should be noted that, even at $15/hour, the current median rent for a one-bedroom in Los Angeles County would consume more than 75 percent of your pre-tax income.


State of California (Applies to Any Los Angeles County Communities Not Listed Below)

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Employers with 26+ Employees Employers with 25 Employees or Less
Jan. 1, 2018 $11.00 $10.50
Jan. 1, 2019 $12.00 $11.00
Jan. 1, 2020 $13.00 $12.00
Jan. 1, 2021 $14.00 $13.00
Jan. 1, 2022 $15.00 $14.00
Jan. 1, 2023 Adjusted annually based on CPI* $15.00

Unincorporated Areas in Los Angeles County

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Employers with 26+ Employees Employers with 25 Employees or Less
July 1, 2018 $13.35 $12.00
July 1, 2019 $14.25 $13.35
July 1, 2020 $15.00 $14.25
July 1, 2021 $15.00 $15.00
July 1, 2022 $15.00 Adjusted annually based on CPI*

City of Long Beach (Except Hotel & Concessionaire Workers-See Following Tables)

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Employers with 26+ Employees Employers with 25 Employees or Less
Jan. 1, 2018 $11.00 $10.50
Jan. 1, 2019 $12.00 $11.00
Jan. 1, 2020 $13.00 $12.00
Jan. 1, 2021 $14.00 $13.00
Jan. 1, 2022 $15.00 $14.00
Jan. 1, 2023 Adjusted annually based on CPI* $15.00

City of Long Beach (Hotel Workers Only)

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Hotel Employers
July 1, 2018 $14.64

City of Long Beach (Concessionaire Workers Only)

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Concession Employers
July 1, 2017 $14.07

City of Los Angeles (Except Los Angeles International Airport-See Following Table)

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Employers with 26+ Employees Employers with 25 Employees or Less
July 1, 2018 $13.35 $12.00
July 1, 2019 $14.25 $13.35
July 1, 2020 $15.00 $14.25
July 1, 2021 $15.00 $15.00
July 1, 2022 Adjusted annually based on CPI* $15.00

City of Los Angeles (Los Angeles International Airport Only)

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Cash Health Benefit
July 1, 2018 $13.75 $5.24
July 1, 2019 $15.25 Adjusted annually based on CPI*
July 1, 2020 $16.50 Adjusted annually based on CPI*
July 1, 2021 $17.00 Adjusted annually based on CPI*
July 1, 2022 City of L.A. minimum + $2.00 Adjusted annually based on CPI*

City of Malibu

Effective Date Employers with 26+ Employees Employers with 25 Employees or Less
July 1, 2018 $13.35 $12.00
July 1, 2019 $14.25 $13.35
July 1, 2020 $15.00 $14.25
July 1, 2021 Adjusted annually based on CPI* $15.00
July 1, 2022 Adjusted annually based on CPI* Adjusted annually based on CPI*

City of Pasadena

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Employers with 26+ Employees Employers with 25 Employees or Less
July 1, 2018 $13.35 $12.00
July 1, 2019 $14.25 $13.35
July 1, 2020 $15.00 $14.25
July 1, 2021 Adjusted annually based on CPI* $15.00
July 1, 2022 Adjusted annually based on CPI* Adjusted annually based on CPI*

City of Santa Monica

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Employers with 26+ Employees Employers with 25 Employees or Less
July 1, 2018 $13.35 $12.00
July 1, 2019 $14.25 Adjusted annually based on CPI*
July 1, 2020 $15.00 Adjusted annually based on CPI*
July 1, 2021 Adjusted annually based on CPI* Adjusted annually based on CPI*
July 1, 2022 Adjusted annually based on CPI* Adjusted annually based on CPI*

* Each year, any increase or adjustment will be based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Sources:
State of California Dept. of Industrial Relations
County of Los Angeles
City of Long Beach
City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles World Airports
City of Malibu
City of Pasadena
City of Santa Monica