Minimum Wage

Effective January 1, 2021, the minimum wage rate for the City of Palo Alto is $15.65 per hour. 


Minimum wage posters are available below.


Money  On September 26, 2016 the Council approved an increase to the 2016 minimum wage of $11 per hour to $12 per hour effective January 1, 2017, $13.50 per hour effective January 1, 2018 and $15 per hour effective January 1, 2019. Effective January 1, 2020 the minimum wage is $15.40. The minimum wage requirement set forth in Palo Alto’s Minimum Wage Ordinance applies to all employees who work two (2) hours per week within Palo Alto. Each year after 2019 the City will adjust the minimum wage based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Regional Consumer Price Index.

Palo Alto Minimum Wage Ordinance Basics
The 2021 minimum wage rate is $15.65 per hour, effective January 1, 2021. The minimum wage rate is adjusted each January. Covered employers must pay the hourly minimum wage rate to each employee who performs two (2) hours or more of work per week in Palo Alto. 

Covered Employer Responsibilities Include

  • Post official Palo Alto Wage Bulletin in workplace informing employees of current minimum wage rate and their rights.
  • Document all hours worked by employees and keep records for four (4) years.
  • It is unlawful to discriminate in any manner or take adverse action against any person in retaliation for exercising their rights protected under the Ordinance.
  • Provide each employee at time of hire with employer’s name, address and telephone number.

2021 Official Minimum Wage Employer Posters and Employee Know Your Rights Posters

Employers must post where information is accessible by employees.

Download the posters:  Poster in English | Poster in Spanish

Contact for Information and Reporting
Palo Alto contracts with the City of San Jose for minimum wage compliance.
San Jose Compliance Officer: 408-535-8430

Palo Alto Contact Information
Phone: 650-329-2671

Employee Rights
It is against the law for an employer to discriminate or take adverse action against an employee for exercising their rights under the Ordinance.

All claims will be managed in the San Jose Office of Equity of Assurance.   

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