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Minimum Wage: California

Minimum Wage requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Jennifer K. Achtert, formerly of Fisher Phillips

Updating Author: XpertHR Editorial Team


  • Almost all employees in California must be paid the state or local minimum wage for all hours worked. See Minimum Wage.
  • There are some exemptions to the minimum wage, but those exemptions are not the same as under federal law. See Exemptions.
  • 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.
  • There are special minimum wage requirements for fast food workers and health care workers. See Fast Food Worker Minimum Wage and Health Care Worker Minimum Wage.
  • Localities including Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose have requirements pertaining to the minimum wage. See Local Requirements.