City of San Mateo Minimum Wage Ordinance

As of January 1, 2024, the minimum wage for the City of San Mateo is $17.35 per hour for all employees, according to the City Council adopted wage schedule.

Minimum Wage Ordinance Updates:

On August 15, 2022, the City Council adopted the following policy amendments: 

  • Set a CPI cap of 3.5% on the annual increase in minimum wage
  • Include a CPI catch-up provision to allow wages to realign with inflation for future years
  • Round the wage to the nearest nickel 

The City of San Mateo is a different government entity than the County of San Mateo and therefore this minimum wage does not apply to other cities in the County.

The schedule below applies for employers and employees within the City of San Mateo.

2024 Min Wage

Effective Date

Citywide Minimum Wage
CPI Percentage
Percent increase 
in Minimum Wage
January 1, 2024
$17.35
3.4%
3.5%

Report Wage Violations

Office of Equality Assurance
200 East Santa Clara Street, 5th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 535-8430
Email: mywage@sanjoseca.gov 

Questions for City of San Mateo

City Manager’s Office
330 West 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
Phone: (650) 522-7277
Email: minimumwage@cityofsanmateo.org

2024 Minimum Wage Documents Available for Download

The materials are translated into Spanish and Simplified Chinese and are available below.

Los materiales están traducidos al español y están disponibles a continuación.

本函附带的材料已翻译成中文,可从市网站上获得

 English language documents Spanish language documents Chinese language documents
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Employer/Employee Poster
Frequently Asked Questions
Wage & Hour Guidelines

Minimum Wage Increase - January 1, 2024

As of January 1, 2024, employers in the City of San Mateo must pay each employee who work in the City of San Mateo, no less than $17.35 per hour. The minimum wage requirement set forth in the City of San Mateo Minimum Wage Ordinance applies to adult and minor employees who work two (2) or more hours per week (tips not included). Covered employees are entitled to these rights regardless of immigration status. The minimum wage will be adjusted annually beginning on January 1st of each year according to the schedule adopted by the San Mateo City Council.

Under the Minimum Wage Ordinance, employees who assert their rights to receive the City’s minimum wage are protected from retaliation. Employees may file a civil lawsuit against their employers for any violation of the Minimum Wage Ordinance or may file a complaint with the City of San Mateo. The City will investigate possible violations and will require access to payroll records. The City will enforce violations of the Minimum Wage Ordinance by ordering reinstatement of employees, payment of back wages unlawfully withheld, and penalties.

  1. Employee Information
  2. Employer Information


  • As of January 1, 2024, the minimum wage in the City of San Mateo will be $17.35 per hour for all employers. 
  • Covered employees include anyone who performs 2 hours or more of work per week within the geographic boundaries of the City of San Mateo, including employees who are under 18.
  • Covered employees are entitled to these rights regardless of immigration status.
  • The minimum wage is adjusted annually based on the CPI on January 1st of each year. There is a CPI cap of 3.5% each year with a catch-up provision for future years.