by Photo courtesy of the Port of San Diego

The minimum wage in the City of San Diego is now increased from $15 to $16.30 per hour as of January 1, 2023. 

According to reports, this salary change applies to employees that work a minimum of two hours in at least one calendar week throughout the year. All employees must work within the geographic zones of the city of San Diego. 

This salary change is part of San Diego's Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance, which was given the green-light back in 2016. The ordinance is applicable to any industry and business without an exception for number of employed workers.

Mayor Todd Gloria says this minimum salary increase is arriving at a pivotal time where living expenses are continuously increasing for working families in the city.  

"With the cost of living rising, this increase could not come at a more needed time for workers and working families," Mayor Todd Gloria said. "This increase means a better ability to make ends meet, put food on the table and spend in our local businesses."

The minimum wage has been increasing every year since 2019 which is based to the rise of cost of living from the previous year. 

According to the Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance, workers will keep earning sick leave hours, whether it's by the accrual method, and also the "frontloading" method where workers are able to provide a minimum of 24 hours(or three days) of paid sick leave at the start of each 12-month time frame. 

If anyone knows a worker who is violating the Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance, the city encourages to reach out to the San Diego Minimum Wage Program by filing a written filed complaint. To reach out to the city's program, contact 619-615-1565. 

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