City Council Approves Minimum Wage Increase in Sacramento

On October 27, 2015, City Council approved an increase to the minimum wage in the City of Sacramento to $12.50 by 2020.

We appreciate the city’s leadership to address income inequality and the spirit of recommendations to close the gap. While it is intriguing to think that raising the minimum wage can have a large upside with little negative impact, the reality is raising the minimum wage threatens to undermine the vitality of our small business community. We maintain our concerns that a minimum wage above the state directed minimum risks Sacramento’s competitiveness, but also appreciate the inclusion of exemptions and credits to mitigate the consequences raising the minimum wage will have for our city’s job creators. Employers – especially small ones – need time to adapt.

Approved Minimum Wage Increase in the City of Sacramento will raise the wage to: 


2016: $10

2017: $10.50  2018: $11.00 ($10.50 for small employers)

To this: 

2016: $10

2017: $10.50 ($10 for small employers)

2018: $11.00 ($10.50 for small employers)

>> Read more about City Council’s approved proposal at

>> For more information, contact Policy & Advocacy Manager Emilie Cameron.