News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Minimum Wage in Palo Alto Increases to $12 per Hour in 2017
Contact : David Ramberg, Assistant Director, Administrative Services    650-329-2634
Claudia Keith, Chief Communications Officer    650-329-2607
Palo Alto, CA – The New Year will usher in a minimum wage increase in Palo Alto to $12 per hour beginning Jan. 1, and will increase annually by $1.50 until 2019 when it will reach $15. After 2019, increases in the minimum wage will be based on the Consumer Price Index, a measure of inflation.

Palo Alto is one of 13 Santa Clara County cities that followed the Cities Association of Santa Clara County recommendation to phase in minimum wage increases, in a three-step process over three years. Council unanimously approved the minimum wage increase in September.

The state's minimum wage is currently $10 per hour and will increase to $10.50 on Jan. 1, 2017, with a timetable to reach $15 by 2022 or 2023, depending on the business size. Palo Alto’s Minimum Wage Ordinance takes precedence over the State minimum wage for all qualifying employees.

Palo Alto’s Minimum Wage Ordinance applies to all employees who work two hours per week within Palo Alto. For more information on the minimum wage, including employee rights and a list of employer FAQs, click here