California Minimum Wage



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The California minimum wage is $10.00 per hour effective January 1, 2016.

The California minimum wage is $9.00 per hour effective July 1, 2014.

The prior California minimum wage was $8.00 per hour, which had been in effect since January 1, 2008.

Previously, the minimum wage in California was $7.50 per hour as of January 1, 2007. Before that, the California minimum wage was $6.75 per hour.

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Minimum Wage

Most employees in California must be paid at least $8 per hour.

Application of Federal Law

Employers in California are subject to both federal and state minimum wage requirements. However, since California law is stricter and requires a higher wage, the California minimum wage must be paid.

Employees Cannot Agree To Work For Less

Although some employees may desire to work for less than the minimum wage in order to secure employment, any agreement to work for less than the minimum wage is against public policy and is void. Even if such an agreement exists, the employer must pay the employee the required minimum wage.

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  • Exceptions to the California minimum wage law:
  • Employees in training


  • Outside Salespersons


  • Parent, Spouse, or Child of Employer


  • Babysitters


  • Handicapped Persons


  • Nonprofits Hiring Handicapped Persons


  • Camp Employees





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