New Wage, Overtime and Salary Rules for Agricultural Workers

  • Jan 11, 2019

As of January 1, 2019, the following new agricultural wage, overtime and salary rules are in effect in California.

Large Employers (26 or more employees)

  • Minimum wage: $12/hour; $15/hour in 2022
  • Overtime goes into effect after 9.5 hours/day or 55 hours/week; by 2022, overtime goes into effect after 8 hours/day or 40 hours/week

Small Employers (25 employees or less)

  • Minimum wage: $11/hour; $15/hour in 2023
  • Overtime goes into effect after 10 hours/day with no limit on the number of hours worked per week; by 2022, overtime goes into effect after 9.5 hours/day or 55 hours/week; by 2025 overtime goes into effect after 8 hours/day or 40 hours/week

Agricultural employers also must increase the minimum monthly salary for exempt managers and/or supervisors. Large employers are required to pay them a minimum of $4,160/month; this will increase to $5,200 in 2022. Small employers are required to pay them $3,814/month, with an increase to $5,200 in 2023.

The California Federal Farm Bureau Federation chart outlining these changes is available online.

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