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Minimum Wage Increases for Unincorporated SCV Businesses on July 1 (2022 Update)


Thoughtful young woman with drawn question marks circulating around her headAre you confused about the minimum wage increases? You’re not alone! The Santa Clarita Valley is in an especially unique situation in that the City of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles have two different minimum wage increase schedules which has caused confusion and challenges for many of our local employers and residents alike.


The City increases its wages in keeping with the State of California’s schedule (January - December), while the County of Los Angeles has adopted a wage increase schedule based on their fiscal calendar (July - June).


On July 1 businesses in unincorporated Los Angeles County, those primarily located on the west side of the I-5 freeway, will increase their minimum wage again to $15.96. This increase applies to companies with up to 25 employees, as well as those with 26 or more employees.


Under the state plan, January 2022 marked the last year where minimum wage is set to increase for employers with over 25 employees in California. For businesses within the City limits, the minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour for employers with under 26 employees in California starting January 1, 2023.


Minimum Wage Increase Chart (2023 Update)


If you have questions about the minimum wage increase give us a call. Our business assistance team is a one-stop resource for local companies. From obtaining workforce training at low or no cost to learning about local, state, and federal tax incentives, from expediting business issues resolution to managing local business coalitions, the SCVEDC is the focal point in delivering the support local companies need.



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