Pasadena Minimum Wage Set to Increase on July 1, 2024

PASADENA, Calif.—The City of Pasadena wants local employers and employees to know that the city’s minimum wage is set to increase from $16.93 per hour to $17.50 per hour for all businesses, regardless of size, on July 1, 2024.

On March 14, 2016, the Pasadena City Council adopted its own minimum wage ordinance. Pasadena’s minimum wage rules were approved prior to the State of California’s action, and the state’s minimum wage does not preempt Pasadena’s minimum wage ordinance. Pasadena’s minimum wage is different from the state’s and provides for a steeper increase in the minimum wage. After a series of prescribed annual increases, Pasadena’s minimum wage is now adjusted by an amount equal to the change in the consumer price index. The new wage rate will remain in effect until June 30, 2025, when it will again be adjusted.

On April 1, 2024, the minimum wage set by the State for all “national fast-food chain” establishments is $20.00 per hour. California’s fast-food worker’s minimum wage applies to all national fast-food chain establishments within the geographical boundaries of Pasadena and supersedes the local minimum wage rate if the employer meets the definition of “national fast-food chain.” For more information about California’s minimum wage for fast-food workers please visit the California Department of Industrial Relations at Dir.Ca.Gov/Dlse/Minimum_Wage.htm.

Recognizing the importance of the local minimum wage and particularly its impact on low-wage earners and members of the immigrant community, Planning & Community Development Director Jennifer Paige noted that workers at all levels bring vibrance and vitality to the local economy. Employees can share in Pasadena’s prosperity made possible, in large part, by the City Council’s vision in requiring payment of a fair and just minimum wage.

For more information on the Pasadena Minimum Wage Ordinance, visit:

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