Minimum Wage: California
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Jennifer K. Achtert, Fisher Phillips
Updating Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor
- Almost all employees in California must be paid the state or municipal minimum wage for all hours worked. See Minimum Wage.
- There are some exceptions to the minimum wage, but those exceptions are not the same as under federal law. See Exceptions.
- Employers must be particularly careful to avoid taking credits and deductions that are permitted under federal law, but not under California law. See Tip Credit; Deductions Below the Minimum Wage.
- Many municipalities have local minimum wage requirements. See Local Minimum Wages.