As we approach the new year, minimum wage earners in California can anticipate a modest boost in their paychecks. The current hourly minimum wage of $15.50 for all employers in the state will see a rise to $16 starting on January 1.
California is among the 22 states implementing a minimum wage increase in 2024. Notably, Washington will maintain its position with the highest minimum wage in the nation at $16.28 per hour.
In contrast, twenty states still adhere to the federal minimum wage, which has remained unchanged for fifteen years at $7.25 per hour.
For a comprehensive list of city and county-specific minimum wages in California, you can refer to this link.