San Diego Minimum Wage to Rise to $16.85 in 2024: What You Need to Know

SAN DIEGO — San Diego is increasing its minimum wage to $16.85 per hour starting on January 1, 2024, as part of the Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance approved in 2016. The current minimum wage in the city is $16.30.

Mayor Todd Gloria believes this raise is necessary to stimulate the local economy and help people cover their everyday expenses. The minimum wage in San Diego has been gradually increasing since 2019, keeping pace with the Consumer Price Index.

This wage hike applies to all employees working within the city’s boundaries, with no exceptions for any industry or business. Tips and gratuities won’t be considered as part of the minimum wage.

Employers are required to display updated notices about the wage increase at their workplaces or job sites.

Additionally, workers in the city will still accrue sick leave, which can be used for various purposes, including personal medical care or for taking care of family members. Employers can limit the use of earned sick leave to 40 hours in a benefit year.

For more information about this ordinance or to file a complaint, you can contact the city’s Minimum Wage Program at [email protected] or call 619-615-1565.

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