Minimum wage tops $10 an hour in San Francisco
Minimum wage of $10.24 took effect with new year. San Francisco has highest minimum wage in the nation.
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco is making history Sunday, becoming the first city in the nation requiring employers to pay more than $10 an hour to those earning minimum wage.
The increase to $10.24 from $9.92 an hour goes in effect with the new year.
The 32-cent hike comes after San Franciscans passed a proposition in 2003 requiring the employers in the city to increase the minimum wage each year, using a formula tied to inflation.
While minimum-wage employees welcome the increase, most say it still doesn't go far in a city with a high cost of living.
Some employers don't like the increase, saying they already have a heavy financial burden with federal, state and city payroll taxes, as well as a slew of other city-mandated taxes.