Press Release

Mayor Newsom Announces Increase To San Francisco’s Minimum Wage

City to Boost Wages for San Francisco’s Lowest Paid Workers to $9.92 Per Hour Starting January 1, 2011

12/15/10 - Today Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that the City’s minimum wage will increase to $9.92, adjusted by 1.3% from $9.79 per hour, to San Francisco’s lowest paid workers starting January 1, 2011.

“Ensuring that our local minimum wage keeps pace with inflation will protect the purchasing power of San Francisco’s working families and further stimulate our economic recovery,” said Mayor Newsom.

The Minimum Wage Ordinance, passed by the voters in November 2003, calls for annual rate adjustments based on the previous year’s Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose metropolitan area. There was no increase in the San Francisco minimum wage in 2010.

Comparatively, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour and the California minimum wage is $8.00 per hour. Employers must pay San Francisco’s higher minimum wage for all covered work performed within the City.

This week, the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement is mailing updated multilingual posters announcing the new rate to 100,000 registered businesses. Employers are required to post the notice in their workplace.

More information about San Francisco’s Minimum Wage Ordinance can be found at or by calling the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement at (415) 554-6292.