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The Cupertino Minimum Wage will increase to $15.35 per hour effective January 1, 2020


On Tuesday, October 4, 2016 the Cupertino City Council enacted Ordinance No. 2151, establishing a citywide minimum wage as part of a regional effort to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2019. This timeline is more aggressive than the minimum wage law signed by Governor Jerry Brown on April 4, 2016, which increases the State minimum wage to $15 by 2022.


Effective Date


State Schedule
More than 25 EE 25 or less EE

January 1, 2017




January 1, 2018




January 1, 2019




January 1, 2020




January 1, 2021




January 1, 2022




January 1, 2023




* Estimate based on the historical CPI-W in Bay Area Statistical Area of 2.2%
** Estimate based on the historical CPI-W in U.S. of 1.7%

 Ordinance No. 2151: Ordinance of the City of Cupertino to add Chapter 3.37 (Minimum Wage Ordinance) to Title 3 (Revenue and Finance) of the Cupertino Municipal Code to establish a citywide minimum wage.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions to find out more information about the Minimum Wage.

Economic Analysis Summary
in 2015, a regional advisory committee commissioned UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) to analyze the impacts of a potential increase in the minimum wage in Santa Clara County. The key findings of the economic analysis indicate that an increase to the minimum wage would significantly increase average earnings of low-wage workers and their families, with relatively minor impacts to businesses and consumers. Specifically, the study found:

  • Average pay increase of $3,200 (19.4% of annual earnings) for 250,000 workers (25% of workforce).
  • Affected workers are household breadwinners, bringing home half of their family’s income on average: 96% of workers who would receive pay increases are over 20 years old; 57% are over 30.
  • 84% of workers benefiting from an increased minimum wage reside in Santa Clara County.
  • Nearly half of workers receiving increases work in the restaurant, retail or administrative and waste management industries.
  • Average payroll increases for employers of 1.0% across industries (9.6% for restaurants) countywide.
  • Average price increase of 0.2% across industries (2.9% for restaurants) passed on to consumers with the majority of the increases absorbed through automation, improved productivity and reduced turnover.
  • Net loss of 1,470 jobs by the end of 2019, corresponding to 0.1% of county employment.

Overall, the analysis concluded that the resulting improvement in living standards for low-income workers would outweigh the small effects on employment. Beyond the economic analysis, a countywide survey of over 500 employers in industries most likely to be impacted by a minimum wage increase was conducted by BW Research Partnership. The results of the survey show that the majority of affected employers anticipate increasing prices for customers (66%) but that their employees will be more satisfied and productive with the wage increase (66%). Surprisingly, 76% of surveyed employers believe a minimum wage increase makes sense given the high cost of living in the Silicon Valley and that doing so will reduce inequality (65%). The vast majority (75%) agree with a regional approach at the county level. However, most (61%) believe that a minimum wage increase will make it harder to start and grow local businesses.

What to do if you are not receiving the minimum wage?

If you believe you are not being paid correctly, please contact your employer or the Office of Equality Assurance at:

Office of Equality Assurance
200 East Santa Clara Street, Fifth Floor
San Jose, CA 95113
Telephone: (408) 535-8430

You will be asked to provide:

  • Your name, mailing address and phone number
  • Name, address and phone number of the company where you work
  • Manager or owner’s name
  • Type of work you perform
  • How and when you are paid (example: cash or check, every week)

Any additional information you can provide such as copies of pay stubs, personal records of hours worked or other information regarding your employer’s pay practices are helpful.

All services are free and confidential. Please remember that your employer cannot terminate you or in any other manner discriminate against you for filing a complaint with the Office of Equality Assurance.