SAN FRANCISCO — The minimum wage in San Francisco increases to $15 an hour July 1 under a ballot measure approved by voters in 2014.
San Francisco is the first major city in California to hit the magic $15 mark, but it won’t be the last. Two years ago, California lawmakers approved a plan to increase the state’s $10 minimum to $15 by 2022.
A much smaller San Francisco Bay Area city, Emeryville, will increase its minimum wage for smaller employers to $15 on Sunday as well. Larger employers have had to pay workers $15.20 since last July.
Advocates of low-wage hourly employees have been urging lawmakers for years for a $15 minimum, saying workers need more money to survive.
Larger employers in Seattle already pay its workers at least $15 an hour.