Regulation & Legislation

52 Minimum Wage Increases on Tap for 2020

Some West Coast areas will rise above $16 an hour
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CHICAGO — Retailers in 52 states, counties and municipalities will be required to pay a higher minimum wage as of Jan. 1, 2020, with several locations along the West Coast raising the lowest permissible wage above $16 an hour, according to a canvass by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI), a conservative think tank. 

Seattle will have one of the highest minimum wages in the country as of Jan. 1, with the lowest permissible pay rate rising to $16.39 an hour. The minimums will also rise in a number of the California high-tech centers neighboring San Francisco, including Sunnyvale (the new wage: $16.05), San Mateo ($15.38), South San Francisco ($15) and Santa Clara ($15.40).

California’s overall minimum wage will rise 8.3%, to $13 an hour, the second-highest next to Washington’s pay floor as of 2020 of $13.50, a 12.5% increase from the 2019 threshold. 

“This New Year’s, business owners and their employees will have little to celebrate as they brace for wage increases that could threaten their livelihood,” said Michael Saltsman, managing director of EPI. "The question now is whether legislators who were once supportive of the Fight for $15 will acknowledge the consequences and spare employees from further pain."

Here is the list of jurisdictions that will adopt a higher minimum wage Dec. 31 or Jan. 1. Most reflect the requirements for large businesses. In some area, smaller businesses will see a more moderate rise.

StateCurrent Minimum Wage2020 Minimum Wage% Change


New Jersey$10.00$11.0010.00%
New Mexico$7.50$9.0020.00%
Greater New York State$11.10$11.806.31%
New York State quick-service employees$12.75$13.757.84%
South Dakota$9.10$9.302.20%
City/CountyCurrent Minimum Wage2020 Minimum Wage% Change
Albuquerque, N.M.$9.20$9.351.63%
Belmont, Calif.$13.50$15.0011.11%
Bernalillo County, N.M.$9.05$9.201.66%
Cupertino, Calif.$15.00$15.352.33%
Daly City, Calif.$12.00$13.7514.58%
El Cerrito, Calif.$15.00$15.372.47%
Flagstaff, Ariz.$12.00$13.008.33%
Las Cruces, N.M.$10.10$10.251.49%
Long Island County, N.Y.$12.00$13.008.33%
Westchester County, N.Y.$12.00$13.008.33%
Los Altos, Calif.$15.00$15.402.67%
Menlo Park, Calif.$12.00$15.0025.00%
Mountain View, Calif.$15.65$16.052.56%
Novato, Calif. (100+ employees)$12.00$13.008.33%
Oakland, Calif.$13.80$14.142.46%
Palo Alto, Calif.$15.00$15.402.67%
Petaluma, Calif. (26+ employees)$12.00$15.0025.00%
Portland, Maine$11.11$12.008.01%
Redwood City, Calif.$13.50$15.3813.93%
St. Paul, Minn. (10,000+ employees)$9.86$12.5026.77%
San Diego$12.00$13.008.33%
South San Francisco, Calif.$12.00$15.0025.00%
San Jose, Calif.$15.00$15.251.67%
San Mateo, Calif.$15.00$15.382.53%
Santa Clara, Calif.$15.00$15.402.67%
Santa Rosa, Calif.$12.00$13.008.33%
SeaTac, Wash.$16.09$16.341.55%
Sonoma, Calif.$12.00$13.5012.50%
Sunnyvale, Calif.$15.65$16.052.56%
Tacoma, Wash.$12.35$13.509.31%

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