La Oferta

December 3, 2022

San José minimum wage goes up on July 1, 2017

New minimum wage will be $12.00 per hour

SAN JOSE, CA – Minimum wage employees who work in San José will receive $12.00 per hour starting July 1, 2017, an increase over the current minimum wage of $10.50 per hour.

The increase reflects the phased approach approved by the San Jose City Council in November 2016 to reach a $15 per hour minimum wage by January 1, 2019. The milestone dates and wage rates are: $10.50 per hour beginning January 1, 2017; $12 per hour beginning July 1, 2017; $13.50 per hour beginning January 1, 2018; and $15 per hour beginning January 1, 2019.

“This increase will provide a well-deserved boost for the thousands of hard-working families in our community who are struggling to keep up with the extraordinarily high cost of living in Silicon Valley,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “San José is proud to be among the half- dozen cities in our region that are collectively moving towards a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2019.”

Information and resources on the San José minimum wage law, including wage posters, frequently asked questions, and how to file a complaint, can be found at For more information, contact the San José Office of Equality Assurance at (408) 535-8430 or email                               

About the San José Minimum Wage Initiative – Voters approved the San José Minimum Wage Initiative in November 2012 and it took effect on March 11, 2013. The law originally required employers operating within the San José city limits to pay their employees a minimum of $10.00 per hour; annual CPI adjustments have since increased the San José minimum wage to the current $10.50 per hour. The Minimum Wage Ordinance ( applies to most San José employers; employers who maintain a facility in San José; employers who are subject to the San José Business Tax; and employers who are based outside the San José city limits but pay the minimum wage to any employee who performs two or more hours of work per week in San José.

About the City of San José – Known as the Capital of Silicon Valley, San José is the nation’s tenth largest city and the largest city in Northern California with an ethnically diverse population of more than one million people. San José was founded in 1777, once served as the state capital of California, and now encompasses 180 square miles. Facts about San José can be found here: The City’s website is

San José City Hall 200 East Santa Clara St. San José, CA 95113 tel: (408) 535-8100 fax: (408) 920-7007 web: