What You Should Know About the Minimum Wage Increase in San Jose

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On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the San Jose City Council passed an accelerated timeline to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2019, instead of the state approved adoption by 2022 for all except small business (2023).

The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce advocated for the least aggressive of the three proposals—a staff recommendation of commencing implementation in Jan. 2018—but was satisfied with the compromise, which begins the increase in 2017 through a graduated approach.

The timeline for the increase is as follows:

  • Jan. 1, 2017 – minimum wage goes up* to $10.50/hour from the current $10.30/hour
  • July 1, 2017 – minimum wage goes up* to $12.00/hour from $10.50/hour
  • Jan. 1, 2018 – minimum wage goes up* to $13.50/hour from $12.00/hour
  • Jan. 1, 2019 – minimum wage goes up* to $15.00/hour from $12.00/hour

*with a “youth” exemption