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Posted on: August 18, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Santa Rosa Minimum Wage Increasing to $17.06 on January 1, 2023

Seventeen dollars and six cents

The hourly minimum wage applies to all employees working within city limits.

Starting Jan. 1, 2023, the hourly minimum wage in Santa Rosa will increase to $17.06 for all employees working within city limits. The increase represents the third of its kind following City Council approval of a local minimum wage ordinance in 2019.

Santa Rosa’s hourly minimum wage applies to all businesses within city limits, regardless of size, and has the potential to increase annually based on the Bay Area Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). In keeping with the State mandate requiring businesses to post wage notices where employees may easily see them, the city mails an official notice in English and Spanish to all businesses located in Santa Rosa, in addition to providing downloadable versions at

“We are seeing the impacts the pandemic and inflation are having on persistent, unsustainable economic inequality across the nation” said Mayor Chris Rogers. “Our minimum wage ordinance seeks to address this locally given Sonoma County’s high cost of living; we can’t afford to leave our low wage workers behind.”

Also on Jan. 1, 2023, California’s minimum wage will increase to $15.50 per hour for all businesses regardless of size. In Sonoma County, the state hourly wage applies to businesses operating outside the city limits of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Sonoma—all of which passed ordinances in 2019 expediting the State’s $15 minimum wage law. The increase to the state minimum wage is CPI-W based and increases annually.

For more information about the City’s minimum wage ordinance, to download the official notice, and for answers to related questions, go to

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