Minimum Wage


San Francisco’s Minimum Wage Increase Ensures All Residents Share in the Prosperity of the City

Since 2011 as Mayor of San Francisco, Mayor Lee has worked tirelessly to ensure that San Francisco supports working families and low-income earners in the City.

In December of 2013, Mayor Lee called for a major increase to San Francisco’s minimum wage. Mayor Lee’s Administration brought together neighborhood and community stakeholders, small and large businesses and civic and elected officials to bring a ballot measure to the voters of San Francisco to raise the minimum wage.

In 2014, the Board of Supervisors unanimous approved Mayor Lee’s efforts to bring a consensus measure to raise the City’s minimum wage to the November 2014 ballot.

In October 2014, Mayor Lee announced that the City’s minimum wage of $10.74 per hour will be adjusted to $11.05 per hour, effective January 1, 2015. Neither the Federal nor the State minimum wages are adjusted annually for inflation and San Francisco was among the first local jurisdictions to enact a minimum wage higher than Federal or State minimum wages.

Lee’s ballot measure to raise the minimum wage was passed overwhelming by the San Francisco voters in November 2014 that gradually increases San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018. After 2018, the minimum wage will increase annually according to increases in the cost-of-living.

The following wage increases will be in effect on the following dates:

May 1, 2015: $12.25 per hour
July 1, 2016: $13.00 per hour
July 1, 2017: $14.00 per hour
July 1, 2018: $15.00 per hour

This increase to the minimum wage is one of the most progressive in the nation and is part of a larger effort by Mayor Lee to ensure San Francisco remains affordable for low and middle income families while protecting jobs and small businesses.

In 2015, Lee co-chaired the minimum wage campaign with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and worked with the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West for a November ballot initiative to gradually increase California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. On March 31, 2016 the California State Senate and State Assembly approved Senate Bill 3 raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.

For more information on San Francisco’s minimum wage, visit the Office of Labor Standards
Enforcement website here: