Minimum Wage in SF Now Tops $10

That's nearly $3 above the wage set by the federal government
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2011 10:40 AM CST
In this photo taken Wednesday Dec. 7, 2011, workers prepare for lunch in the kitchen at the Palio D'Asti restaurant in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(Newser) – In San Francisco, the minimum wage is getting a little bit less minimal. Come Jan. 1, the city will be the first in the nation to require that employers pay employees more than $10 per hour, the AP reports. "It's a psychological boost," says one city dweller who works two minimum-wage jobs. "It means that I'll have more money in my wallet to pay my bills and money to spend in the city to help the economy."

Others, however, say the hike of just 32 cents per hour—from $9.92 to $10.24—isn't enough, especially in such an expensive city. One expert says $15 per hour is a decent wage for a single adult living in San Francisco, and that doubles for those with even one child. Even so, San Francisco's minimum wage will be more than $2 above California's and almost $3 above the federal government's, thanks to a 2003 proposition requiring the city to increase it each year. Click for more, including why employers aren't happy with the change. (Read more San Francisco stories.)

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