Minimum Wage

Last Updated: January 2022

On September 19, 2016, the San Leandro City Council passed a Minimum Wage Ordinance that accelerates implementation of the statewide minimum wage requirements in San Leandro. The implementation schedule of the Minimum Wage Ordinance is as follows:

Minimum Wage* Effective Date

$12/hour July 1, 2017

$13/hour July 1, 2018

$14/hour July 1, 2019

$15/hour July 1, 2020 to Present

*applies to all businesses or non-profits in San Leandro, regardless of number of employees, with limited exceptions.

Official Notice Flyers






See ordinance, below, for more details

Additional Information

Staff Report

Minimum Wage Ordinance

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is San Leandro’s current minimum wage?

The minimum wage beginning July 1, 2020 is $15.00 an hour for all employees in San Leandro.

2. What is the federal minimum wage?

The federal minimum wage for nonexempt employees is $7.25 per hour that has been effective since July 2009. However, some states, cities and counties have a higher minimum wage rate. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and House Division has more information on their website and details federal minimum wage requirements. There are also employees who are exempt from minimum wage requirements, such as those who are not protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (ie: tipped employees such as restaurant servers).

3. What is California State’s minimum wage?

Effective January 1, 2017 California’s statewide minimum wage was $10.50 per hour for employers with more than 26 employees, and $10.00 for employers with less than 25 employees. The minimum wage for all industries subsequently began increasing annually, and will continue to do so until January 1, 2022, unless modified at the state level. For more information about California’s minimum wage requirements or the current statewide minimum wage rate, visit the State of California Department of Industrial Relations.

4. What happens if San Leandro’s minimum wage is higher than both the State and Federal minimum wage requirements?

Local entities such as San Leandro have adopted minimum wage rates for employees that is at a higher rate. In this case, the employer is required to pay the highest applicable rate to the employee. In other words, an employee is entitled to the higher minimum wage rate in San Leandro.

5. What does this mean for me as an employee?

Under the Ordinance, employees are allowed to assert their rights to receive the City’s minimum wage requirement, and are protected from retaliation. Employees may also file a civil lawsuit against employers for any violation of the Ordinance or file a complaint with the City’s Department of Finance.