Hourly Minimum Wage Will Increase to $16.85 Effective Jan. 1, 2024
Many San Diegans will soon see an increase in their pay when the City’s minimum wage goes up. Effective Jan. 1, 2024, employees who perform at least two hours of work in one or more calendar weeks of the year within the geographic boundaries of the City of San Diego will receive a minimum wage increase from $16.30 to $16.85 an hour. The change is per the City’s Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance, approved in 2016.
“Increasing the minimum wage in San Diego is essential to ensure that workers can afford necessities like food, housing, and healthcare,” Mayor Todd Gloria said. “This puts more money in people’s pockets, which boosts our economy.”
Since 2019, the minimum wage in the city has gone up annually by an amount corresponding to the prior year’s increase, if any, in the cost of living as determined by the Consumer Price Index. The ordinance applies to all industries and businesses and there are no exceptions. Tips and gratuities do not count toward the payment of minimum wage.
Updated notices for posting at the workplace are available on the City’s Minimum Wage Program webpage. Every employer must post these notices in a conspicuous place at any workplace or job site.
Employees will continue to earn sick leave, either by the accrual or “front load” method, per the ordinance. Employees may use earned sick leave for all the reasons described in the ordinance, which includes but is not limited to, time for their medical care or for the medical care of a family member. Employers may limit an employee’s use of earned sick leave to forty hours in a benefit year.
Contact the City’s Minimum Wage Program at [email protected] or (619) 615-1565 for any questions or to file a complaint.