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History of California Minimum Wage

effective date new
minimum wage
old
minimum wage
amount of
increase
percentage of increase over
previous wage
January 1, 2016 $10.00 $9.00 $1.00 11.1 percent
July 1, 2014 $9.00 $8.00 $1.00 12.5 percent
January 1, 2008 $8.00 $7.50 $0.50 6.7 percent
January 1, 2007 $7.50 $6.75 $0.75 11.1 percent
January 1, 2002 $6.75 $6.25 $0.50 8.00 percent
January 1, 2001 $6.25 $5.75 $0.50 8.70 percent
March 1, 1998 $5.75 $5.15 $0.60 11.65 percent
September 1, 1997 $5.15 $5.00 $0.15 3.00 percent
March 1, 1997 $5.00 $4.75 $0.25 5.26 percent
October 1, 1996 $4.75 $4.25 $0.50 11.76 percent
July 1, 1988 $4.25 $3.35 $0.90 26.87 percent
January 1, 1981 $3.35 $3.10 $0.25 8.06 percent
January 1, 1980 $3.10 $2.90 $0.20 6.90 percent
January 1, 1979 $2.90 $2.65 $0.25 9.43 percent
April 1, 1978 $2.65 $2.50 $0.15 6.00 percent
October 18, 1976 $2.50 $2.00 $0.50 25.00 percent
March 4, 1974 $2.00 $1.65 $0.35 21.21 percent
February 1, 1968 $1.65 $1.30 $0.35 26.92 percent
August 30, 1964 $1.30 $1.25 $0.05 4.00 percent
August 30, 1963 $1.25 $1.00 $0.25 25.00 percent
November 15, 1957 $1.00 $0.75 $0.25 33.33 percent
August 1, 1952 $0.75 $0.65 $0.10 15.38 percent
June 1, 1947 $0.65 $0.45 $0.20 44.44 percent
February 8, 1943 $0.45 $0.33 $0.12 36.36 percent
1920 $0.33 $0.28 $0.05 17.86 percent
1919 $0.28 $0.21 $0.07 33.33 percent
1918 $0.21 $0.16 $0.05 31.25 percent
1916 $0.16 - - -