San Francisco Minimum Wage Highest in Nation

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

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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  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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