Starting from January 1, 2024, employees who work for at least two hours in one or more calendar weeks of the year within the geographic boundaries of the City of San Diego will receive a pay raise. The minimum wage will be increased from $16.30 to $16.85 per hour. This means that many San Diegans will soon enjoy a boost in their paychecks.

“Increasing the minimum wage in San Diego is essential to ensure that workers can afford necessities like food, housing, and healthcare,” Mayor Todd Gloria said. “This puts more money in people’s pockets, which boosts our economy.” 

Since 2019, the minimum wage in the City has gone up annually by an amount corresponding to the prior year’s increase, if any, in the cost of living as determined by the Consumer Price Index. The ordinance applies to all industries and businesses, with no exceptions. Tips and gratuities do not count toward the payment of minimum wage.

Employees will continue to earn sick leave, either by the accrual or “front load” method, in accordance with the ordinance. Employees may use earned sick leave for all the reasons described in the law, which includes but is not limited to time for their own medical care or for the medical care of a family member. Employers may limit an employee’s use of earned sick leave to forty hours in a benefit year. 

Contact the City’s Minimum Wage Program at SDMinWage@sandiego.gov or (619) 615-1565 for any questions or to file a complaint. 

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