Mandatory 2022 Minimum Wage

MMC would like to provide you with some information to prepare your company for mandatory 2022 minimum wage increases that may affect your workforce.
NON-EXEMPT – CA State minimum wage will be increasing as follows for NON-EXEMPT (i.e. hourly) employees:

EffectiveDateMinimum Wage for Employers with25 Employees or LessMinimum Wage for Employers with26 Employees or More
January 1,2022$14.00/hour$15.00/hour

Additionally, some local entities (cities and counties) may have higher minimums. Here is a helpful link to locate your specific requirements:
EXEMPT – If you have any EXEMPT (i.e. salary) employees, please be advised that their salary minimum must also be increased 1/1/22 as follows:
$62,400 per year (annual salary) for employers of 26 or more employees.
$58,240 per year (annual salary) for employers of 1-25 employees.

Lastly, per the DIR:
In accordance with Labor Code Section 515.6(a), the department has adjusted the licensed physicians and surgeons’ minimum hourly rate of pay exemption from $86.49 to $91.07 effective January 1, 2022, reflecting the 5.3% increase in the California Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.