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The El Cerrito minimum wage is different than the California minimum wage.
The El Cerrito Minimum Wage Standards Ordinance (El Cerrito Municipal Code Chapter 6.95) is available online. You may also review a hardcopy at City Hall during normal business hours.

El Cerrito Wage Rates

Wage Bulletin
The official El Cerrito Wage Bulletin informs employees of the current local minimum wage rate and their rights. Employers must post the official El Cerrito Wage Bulletin at each work site in a conspicuous place. Additionally, if 10% or more of workforce at a worksite speaks a language other than English, the Wage Bulletin should also be posted in that language. Please contact us if you need it translated into another language.

Download the official 2017 El Cerrito Wage Bulletin, or contact us to request a hardcopy:

     Chinese – Simplified Mandarin
     Chinese – Traditional Mandarin

Download the official 2016 El Cerrito Wage Bulletin:
(in effect until December 31, 2016)
     2016 English
     2016 Chinese – Simplified Mandarin
     2016 Chinese – Traditional Mandarin
     2016 Japanese 
     2016 Spanish

It is important for employers and workers to know:

All employers are required to pay their employees at least the local minimum wage rate for the hours worked within the geographic limits of City of El Cerrito, regardless of  the size of the employer or where the employer's business is based.

The minimum wage requirements apply to any employee (part-time or full-time) who performs work within the City of El Cerrito, except employees who work less than 2 hours per week within El Cerrito.

Tips may not be counted toward payment of the minimum wage.

The minimum wage rate will be adjusted annually on January 1st.

Under the Ordinance, employees who assert their rights to receive the City’s minimum wage are protected from retaliation.

The City will attempt to resolve complaints informally with the cooperation of employers.

Employer Responsibilities
In addition to paying all employees who performs at least two (2) hours of work in a particular workweek within the geographic limits of the City of El Cerrito wages of not less than $11.60 per hour for the hours worked in El Cerrito, Employers must:
  • Post the official El Cerrito Wage Bulletin in a conspicuous place at each work site. If 10% or more of workforce at a work site speaks a language other than English, the Wage Bulletin should also be posted in that language
  • At time of hire, provide employee with a written copy of the employer’s name, address and telephone number.  Example Notice to Employee form  (from the California Labor Commissioner's Office)
  • Document all hours worked by employees and keep records for at least three (3) years; Records should include employee’s name, hours worked, pay rate, and service charge collected/distributed.
  • Upon request, provide employee with a written copy of their records within ten (10) days.
  • As necessary in order for the City to monitor compliance and investigate complaints, allow authorized City representatives access to work sites and relevant records.

Download the Basic Responsibilities for Employers Handout

Worker's Rights

Workers who believe they are not being paid correctly are encouraged to talk with their employer, or make a complaint to the City of El Cerrito or the California Labor Commissioner’s Office. It is unlawful for employers to discriminate in any manner or take adverse action against any employee in retaliation for exercising his or her rights protected by the Ordinance.

City of El Cerrito Minimum Wage Compliance Program

Read answers to some common questions.

Contact Information

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Suzanne Iarla, Assistant to the City Manager at
510-215-4318 or by E-Mail

Language interpretation available by arrangement



On November 17, 2015, City Council adopted an ordinance to establish a local minimum wage in El Cerrito starting in 2016, with stepped increases to raise the rate to $15.00 an hour by 2019. This is higher than the State of California's minimum wage rate. Read more about the development of the ordinance on the Background Information page.

A number of other cities in the Bay Area also have local minimum wage standards, including Richmond, Berkeley, Emeryville, San Francisco, San Jose, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and Palo Alto. Please check with the agency where you operate a business or perform work regarding local minimum wage standards in those jurisdictions.