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
Minimum Wage in SF Now Tops $10
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."

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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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