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In 1981, the California minimum wage was $3.35/hour. 40 years later, it will soon be at least $14.00/hour and, in some Los Angeles County locations, even higher. Today, it would take $10.07 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 with a $15/hour full-time job, current fair market rent for a one-bedroom in Los Angeles County would consume about 90 percent of your pre-tax income.


State of California (Applies to Any Los Angeles County Community Except Those With Higher Minimums in Tables Below)

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Employers with 25 Employees or Less Employers with 26+ Employees
Jan. 1, 2018 $10.50 $11.00
Jan. 1, 2019 $11.00 $12.00
Jan. 1, 2020 $12.00 $13.00
Jan. 1, 2021 $13.00 $14.00
Jan. 1, 2022 $14.00 $15.00

Unincorporated Areas in Los Angeles County

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Employers with 25 Employees or Less Employers with 26+ Employees
July 1, 2018 $12.00 $13.25
July 1, 2019 $13.25 $14.25
July 1, 2020 $14.25 $15.00
July 1, 2021 $15.00 $15.00

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

Minimum wage rates are per hour

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

City of Long Beach (Hotel Workers Only)

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Hotel Employers
July 1, 2018 $14.64
July 1, 2019 $14.97
July 1, 2020 $15.47
July 1, 2021 $15.69

City of Long Beach (Concessionaire Workers Only)

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Concession Employers
July 1, 2018 $14.37
July 1, 2019 $14.72
July 1, 2020 $15.30
July 1, 2020 $15.32

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

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Employers with 25 Employees or Less (or Non-profits with 26+ Employees & Approval to Pay a Deferred Rate Employers with 26+ Employees
July 1, 2018 $12.00 $13.35
July 1, 2019 $13.35 $14.25
July 1, 2020 $14.25 $15.00
July 1, 2021 $15.00 $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 $5.34
July 1, 2020 $16.50 $5.55
July 1, 2021 $17.00 $5.67

City of Malibu

Effective Date Employers with 25 Employees or Less Employers with 26+ Employees
July 1, 2018 $12.00 $13.25
July 1, 2019 $13.35 $14.25
July 1, 2020 $14.25 $15.00
July 1, 2021 $15.00 $15.00

City of Pasadena

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Employers with 25 Employees or Less Employers with 26+ Employees
July 1, 2018 $12.00 $13.35
July 1, 2019 $13.35 $14.25
July 1, 2020 $14.25 $15.00
July 1, 2021 $15.00 $15.00

City of Santa Monica

Minimum wage rates are per hour

Effective Date Employers with 25 Employees or Less Employers with 26+ Employees
July 1, 2018 $12.00 $13.25
July 1, 2019 $13.25 $14.25
July 1, 2020 $14.25 $15.00
July 1, 2021 $15.00 $15.00

City of West Hollywood

Minimum wage rates are per hour. West Hollywood follows State of California minimum wage guidelines through 2021. Then, in 2022, as follows:

Effective Date Hotel Employerss Employers with 49 Employees or Less Employers with 50+ Employees
December 31, 2021 $14.00 $13.00 $14.00
January 1, 2022 $17.64 $15.00 $15.50
July 1, 2022 $18.31* $16.00 $16.50
January 1, 2023 $18.31 $17.00 $17.50
July 1, 2023 $18.77* $18.77* $18.77*

* Estimated minimum wage; actual wage determined by cost of living adjustment for that year.


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
City of West Hollywood