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The 2024 California Minimum Wage is $12.00 per hour.

California Minimum Wage 2024

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The California Minimum Wage is currently $12.00 per hour.
The California Minimum Wage is greater than the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25 per hour, so employees in California are entitled to the higher minimum wage of $12.00 per hour.
Please Note: Eighteen states have raised their minimum wage as of January 1, 2018. Make sure you know any new California labor laws.

California Minimum Wage Laws

What is the California Minimum Wage?

The California Minimum Wage is the lowest hourly wage that an employee working in California can legally be paid. Both California and the federal government have set a legal minimum wage - California's is $12.00 per hour, while the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Federal law states that the applicable minimum wage is whichever minimum wage is higher.

California Labor Laws

California Minimum Wage Exemptions

Certain occupations and employees are exempt from California and Federal Minimum Wage regulations, including tipped workers, students in high school and college, and certain disabled workers (with a certificate from the California Department of Labor). Read more about exceptions from California minimum wage law External Link.

How much do California Minimum Wage employees earn?

Full time minimum wage workers in California earn a total of $480.00 per week and approximately $24,960.00 per year (based on a 8 hour days and a 260-day work year) before taxes. The federal poverty threshold for a household of two is $14,570 per year.

California Overtime Wage Law

All California employees working over 40 hours in a work week are entitled an overtime wage of at least 1.5 times their regular hourly pay rate - therefore, the overtime minimum wage in CA is $18.00 per hour. In addition, California law requires all employees working over 15 hours in a single day to be paid overtime.
Some workers or employers are exempt from overtime law including independant contractors, seasonal workers, and some farm workers. Contact the California Department of Labor for details.

California Department of Labor Information

If your employer is paying you less then the California minimum wage, if you believe you are owed back wages for unpaid overtime, or your employer is otherwise violating California or Federal labor law, the California Department of Labor is there to help you.

Call your local office of the California Department of Labor, and and they will advocate on your behalf to ensure your employer becomes compliant and you receive any necessary backwages or compensation. Be sure to have recent paystubs, timesheets, employment contracts, and other important documents on hand when you call.

California Labor Law Posters

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires all employers in California to display the 2024 California Minimum Wage poster along with additional labor law compliance posters in a conspicuous place for all employees to read, such as a hallway or breakroom. Failure to display all required labor law posters can result in a fine.
California Minimum Wage & Labor Law Poster

California All-In-One Labor Law Poster

This professional California labor law poster includes all of the posters needed to satisfy both California and Federal minimum wage and labor law regulations.

This poster has been updated for 2018, including the recent FMLA poster update. Professionally printed and laminated.

Notice to all employers: Eighteen states have new minimum wages as of January 2018. Please make sure you have the most up-to-date version of your labor law posters.
Free labor law posters: Basic PDF copies of the Federal Minimum Wage posters can be downloaded from the Department of Labor with the links provided below. Please note that additional posters are also required by Federal and California law. A professional poster including all required postings can be purchased through the link provided above.
Free California Minimum Wage Posters

Minimum Wage Jobs in California

With the current state of the economy, a large amount of the new jobs being created in California are entry-level, minimum wage positions. Full time, part time, and seasonal minimum wage jobs in California External Link can be found through local employment listings or a local job search site. You can use the search box below to find current job listings in your area.
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