January 29, 2023

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57 Cities and Counties With Higher Minimum Wages in 2023

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All over the U.S., workers are fighting for higher pay, increased benefits and better working conditions.

According to the National Labor Relations Board, 2,072 petitions were filed to form unions in 2022, a 63% increase from the previous year and the most over the past decade, except for 2015.

And governments all across the country are reacting. The NLRB identified 91 states, counties and cities that are raising minimum wages in 2023. Some changes went into effect on Jan. 1, and others will take effect by July 1.

Here is a look at the cities and counties that are raising minimum wages in 2023.

2 Arizona municipalities

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The local minimum wage has increased in the following parts of Arizona:

Flagstaff: From $15.50 to $16.80 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Tucson: From $13 to $13.85 (the same as the state minimum) effective Jan. 1, 2023

40 California municipalities

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The local minimum wage has increased in the following parts of California:

Alameda: From $15.75 to TBD (announced by July 1, 2023)
Belmont: From $16.20 to $16.75 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Berkeley: From $16.99 to TBD (announced by July 1, 2023)
Burlingame: From $15.60 to $16.47 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Cupertino: From $16.40 to $17.20 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Daly City: From $15.53 to $16.07 effective Jan. 1, 2023
East Palo Alto: From $15.60 to $16.50 effective Jan. 1, 2023
El Cerrito: From $16.37 to $17.35 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Emeryville: From $17.68 to TBD (announced by July 1, 2023)
Foster City: From $15.75 to $16.50 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Fremont: From $16.00 to TBD (announced by July 1, 2023)
Half Moon Bay: From $15.56 to $16.45 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Hayward: From $15.56 (large employers) and $14.52 (small employers) to $16.34 (large employers) and $15.50 (small employers) effective Jan. 1, 2023
Los Altos: From $16.40 to $17.20 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Los Angeles: From $16.04 to TBD (announced by July 1, 2023)
Los Angeles County: From $15.96 to TBD (announced by July 1, 2023)
Malibu: From $15.96 to TBD (announced by July 1, 2023)
Menlo Park: From $15.75 to $16.20 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Milpitas: From $16.40 to TBD (announced by July 1, 2023)
Mountain View: From $17.10 to $18.15 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Novato: From $15.77 (very large employers), $15.53 (large employers) and $15.00 (small employers) to $16.32 (very large employers), $16.07 (large employers) and $15.53 (small employers) effective Jan. 1, 2023
Oakland: From $15.06 to $15.97 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Palo Alto: From $16.45 to $17.25 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Pasadena: From $16.11 to TBD (announced by July 1, 2023)
Petaluma: From $15.85 to $17.06 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Redwood City: From $16.20 to $17.00 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Richmond: From $15.54 to $16.17 effective Jan. 1, 2023
San Carlos: From $15.77 to $16.32 effective Jan. 1, 2023
San Diego: From $15.00 to $16.30 effective Jan. 1, 2023
San Francisco: From $16.99 to TBD (announced by July 1, 2023)
San Jose: From $16.20 to $17.00 effective Jan. 1, 2023
San Mateo: From $16.20 to $16.75 effective Jan. 1, 2023
San Mateo County: From $14.00 (large employers) and $15.00 (small employers) to $16.50 (all employers) effective April 1, 2023
Santa Clara: From $16.40 to $17.20 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Santa Monica: From $15.96 (standard employers) to $16.90 effective July 1, 2023; from $18.17 (hotel) to TBD (announced by May 15, 2023)
Santa Rosa: From $15.85 to $17.06 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Sonoma: From $16.00 (large employers) and $15.00 (small employers) to $17.00 (large employers) and $16.00 (small employers) effective Jan. 1, 2023
South San Francisco: From $15.80 to $16.70 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Sunnyvale: From $17.10 to $17.95 effective Jan. 1, 2023
West Hollywood: From $16.50 (large employers) and $16.00 (small employers) to $17.50 (large employers) and $17.00 (small employers) effective Jan. 1, 2023. Workers at large employers, small employers and hotels will receive an estimated $18.86 effective July 1, 2023.

Denver

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The local minimum wage has increased in Denver:

From $15.87 to $17.29 effective Jan. 1, 2023

2 Illinois municipalities

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The local minimum wage has increased in the following parts of Illinois:

Chicago: From $15.40 (large employers), $14.50 (small employers) and $12.00 (youth) to TBD (large employers), $15.00 (small employers) and $13.50 (youth) effective July 1, 2023
Cook County: From $13.35 to TBD (announced by July 1, 2023)

2 Maine municipalities

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The local minimum wage has increased in the following parts of Maine:

Portland: From $13.00 to $14.00 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Rockland: From $13.00 to $14.00 effective Jan. 1, 2023

2 Maryland municipalities

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The local minimum wage has increased in the following parts of Maryland:

Howard County: From $15.00 (government), $14.00 (large employers) and $12.50 (small employers) to $15.00 (government and large employers) and $13.25 (small employers) effective Jan. 1, 2023
Montgomery County: From $15.65 (large employers), $14.50 (midsize employers) and $14.00 (small employers) to TBD (large employers), $15.00 (midsize employers) and $14.50 (small employers) effective July 1, 2023

2 Minnesota municipalities

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The local minimum wage has increased in the following parts of Minnesota:

Minneapolis: From $15.00 (large employers) and $13.50 (small employers) to $15.19 (large employers) effective Jan. 1, 2023, and $14.50 (small employers) effective July 1, 2023
St. Paul: From $15.00 (macro employers, government) to $15.19 effective Jan. 1, 2023; from $13.50 (large employers), $12.00 (small employers) and $10.75 (micro employers) to $15.00 (large employers), $13.00 (small employers) and $11.50 (micro employers) effective July 1, 2023

3 New Mexico municipalities

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The local minimum wage has increased in the following parts of New Mexico:

Albuquerque: From $11.50 to $12.00 (the same as the state minimum) effective Jan. 1, 2023
Las Cruces: From $11.50 to $12.00 (the same as the state minimum) effective Jan. 1, 2023
Santa Fe County: From $12.95 to TBD (announced later in 2023)

3 Washington municipalities

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The local minimum wage has increased in the following parts of Washington:

SeaTac: From $17.54 to $19.06 effective Jan. 1, 2023
Seattle: From $17.27 (large employers and small employers not providing medical benefits) and $15.75 (small employers providing medical benefits) to $18.69 (large employers and small employers not providing medical benefits) and $16.50 (small employers providing medical benefits)
Tukwila: From $14.49 (the same as the state minimum) to TBD (announced by July 1, 2023)