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City of San Diego raises minimum wage

The City of San Diego seal is shown at City Hall. San Diego, Calif. Jan. 24, 2023.
Alexander Nguyen
The City of San Diego seal is shown at City Hall. San Diego, Calif. Jan. 24, 2023.

On Friday, the city of San Diego announced that, effective Monday, minimum wage will increase 55 cents for all employees who work within the city limits.

"With the cost of living rising, this increase could not come at a more needed time for workers and working families," Mayor Todd Gloria said. "This increase means a better ability to make ends meet, put food on the table and spend in our local businesses."

Officials said employees who perform at least two hours of work in one or more calendar weeks of the year within the city would receive a minimum wage increase from $16.30 to $16.85 an hour.


The change was approved 2016, in accordance with the city's Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance. The ordinance is applicable to all industries and businesses, with no exceptions. Tips and gratuities do not count toward payment of minimum wage, according to officials.

Minimum wage in the city has gone up annually since 2019 by an amount corresponding to the prior year's increase, which is based on cost-of-living expenses that are determined by the Consumer Price Index, according to a statement from the city.

Employees may use earned sick leave for all the reasons described in the ordinance, which includes time for their own medical care or for the medical care of a family member. Employers may limit an employee's use of earned sick leave to forty hours in a benefit year.

Updated notices for posting at the workplace are available on the city's Minimum Wage Program web page at Every employer must post updated-workplace notices in a conspicuous place at a job site.

San Diego's Minimum Wage Program can be contacted for questions or to file a complaint at or 619-615-1565.