$15 Minimum Wage

The City of Santa Rosa is proposing expediting locally the implementation of California Senate Bill 3, which raises the state minimum wage by $1 per year each year to reach $15 per hour on January 1, 2022, for employers in the state with 26 or more employees (January 1, 2023, for employers with fewer than 26).

This local ordinance would set Santa Rosa’s minimum wage at no less than $15 per hour effective July 1, 2020, for employers with 26 or more employees ($14 for employers with fewer than 25). Starting January 1, 2021, all employers would pay no less than $15 per hour plus annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Thereafter and following the model of the state, it would increase the minimum wage each year based on the prior year minimum wage rate plus CPI-W.

The below graph highlights differences between state law and local ordinances.

Santa Rosa
Year25 or fewer26+ employees25 or fewer26+ employees
2018$10 per hour$11 per hour
Same as state
Same as state
Jan. 1, 2020
Same as state
July 1, 2020$14$15
2021$13$14$15 + CPI-W
2022$14$15+ CPI-W
2023$15+ CPI-W
2024 and beyond+ CPI-W each year


Call Economic Development: (707) 543-3200, Ext. 7