San Francisco Minimum Wage Highest in Nation

Many restaurant servers currently make minimum wage. Photo by Claudia Escobar.

Many restaurant servers currently make minimum wage. Photo by Claudia Escobar.

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San Francisco surpassed Santa Fe today with the highest minimum wage in the country, up from $10.24 to $10.55 per hour.

Although Santa Fe’s minimum wage, currently $10.29 per hour, is expected to increase in March, it is not expected to exceed San Francisco’s record-breaking hike.

According to the San Francisco Examiner, a local ordinance, passed in 2003, that tied the minimum wage to the inflation rate ushered in a rise in the minimum wage every year since its inception, except for 2004.

The federally mandated minimum wage, which last saw an increase in July 2009, is set at $7.25 an hour.

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2 Comments

  1. Yet another reason I love you, San Francisco.

  2. Phillip

    Australia’s national minimum wage is $15.96 per hour or $606.40 per week, just for comparison.

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