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Approved Update to City of Santa Clara's Minimum Wage Ordinance

On August 22, 2017 Santa Clara City Council approved the second reading of an amended ordinance establishing the City's local minimum wage to reach $15 per hour by 2019 with the following provisions:

  • Increase to $13.00 on January 1, 2018 and $15.00 on January 1, 2019;
  • Include economic triggers that would provide an option to delay implementation of the minimum wage increases if a severe recession occurs during the ramp-up period;
  • Adjust annual increases beginning January 1, 2020 to the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) CPI-W, with a maximum annual increase of five percent. 

For more information review the Minimum Wage Agenda Report of July 18, 2017, contact the City Manager's Office at 408-615-2210 or email minimumwage@santaclaraca.gov

   City of Santa Clara Current Minimum Wage:

$11.10 Per Hour as of January 1, 2017

On September 22, 2015, the Santa Clara City Council passed a Minimum Wage Ordinance that went into effect on January 1, 2016, raising the minimum wage from $9 per hour to $11 per hour. The Ordinance required employers to pay a minimum of $11.00 per hour to each employee who performs at least two (2) hours or more per week of work in Santa Clara. Effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage increased to $11.10 based on the prior year’s Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Santa Clara employers and employees doing business in Santa Clara are subject to the Minimum Wage Ordinance. For more information, visit the FAQ page, email minimumwage@santaclaraca.gov  or contact 408-615-2210.

Prior to 2015, the City of Santa Clara followed the California State Minimum Wage Ordinance. For information on the minimum wage in Santa Clara prior to 2015, please visit the State of California Department of Industrial Relations website.

2017 Official Minimum Wage Bulletin Employer Posters

Employers must post where information is accessible by employees.
English         Spanish         Vietnamese

Employer and Employee Documents

Santa Clara Workers: Know Your Rights (1/1/17)
English         Spanish         Vietnamese

Ordinance Basics and Responsibilities (1/1/17)
English         Spanish         Vietnamese

2016 Official Minimum Wage Bulletin Employer Posters

Employers must post where information is accessible by employees.
English         Spanish         Vietnamese

Employer and Employee Documents

Santa Clara Workers: Know Your Rights (1/1/16)
English         Spanish         Vietnamese

Ordinance Basics and Responsibilities (1/1/16)
English         Spanish         Vietnamese

Relevant Documents and Information:

Minimum Wage Agenda Report - July 18, 2017 Council Meeting (PDF)
Minimum Wage Presentation - July 18, 2017 Council Meeting (PDF)
Community Outreach Presentation on Minimum Wage Update Proposal (PDF)
Notice of Proposed Update to Minimum Wage Ordinance (PDF)

Minimum Wage Ordinance No. 1943
  (PDF)
Minimum Wage Ordinance FAQ(PDF)
Minimum Wage Agenda Report - April 4, 2017 Council Meeting (PDF)
Minimum Wage Agenda Report - September 22, 2015 Council Meeting (PDF)
Minimum Wage Agenda Report - August 18, 2015 Council Meeting (PDF)
California Minimum Wage (PDF)
Silicon Valley Mayors team up on regional plan to study boosting the minimum wage (SVBJ Article)
Cities Association Subcommittee June 11 2015 Meeting Summary (PDF)
Summary of Draft Minimum Wage Ordinance (PDF)
Business Owners and Managers Survey (Closed)
Employees and Individuals Survey (Closed)
Countywide Economic Analysis Report (PDF)
Countywide Economic Analysis Summary of Key Findings (PDF)
Countywide Employer Survey Presentation (PDF)
Countywide Employer Survey Summary of Key Findings (PDF)
Cities Association Memo & Recommendation on Minimum Wage (PDF)
Cities Association Model Ordinance (PDF)

Who do I contact if I am not receiving the current minimum rate per hour?

The City of Santa Clara contracts with the City of San Jose for enforcement of its minimum wage ordinance. If you believe you or someone else is not receiving the current minimum wage rate per hour, contact the City of San Jose's Office of Equality Assurance:

In-person or mail:  Office of Equality Assurance
                              200 East Santa Clara Street, Fifth Floor
                              San Jose, CA 95113

Phone:                  408-535-8430

Please provide the following information:

  • Your name, mailing address and phone number
  • Name, address and phone number of the company where you work
  • Manager or owner's name
  • Type of work you perform
  • How and when you are paid (example: cash or check, every week)

Any additional information you can provide such as copies of pay stubs, personal records of hours worked or other information regarding you employer's pay practices are helpful.

***All services are free and confidential.  Please remember that you employer cannot terminate you or in any other manner discriminate against you for filing a complaint with the Office of Equality Assurance.***

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