The minimum wage in Santa Fe County increased to $11.09 per hour on March 1, 2017. Going forward, if the U.S. Department of Labor announces an increase in the Consumer Price Index for the Western Region for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, the minimum wage will increase again on the following March 1st.   

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Santa Fe County Living Wage Ordinance (the “Ordinance”)

Mar 29, 2017

Background and Details of the Change:

The minimum wage in Santa Fe County increased to $11.09 per hour on March 1, 2017.

Going forward, if the U.S. Department of Labor announces an increase in the Consumer Price Index for the Western Region for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, the minimum wage will increase again on the following March 1st. Santa Fe county will announce if an increase will be made and the amount of the increase.

Santa Fe county has also created separate minimum pay guidelines for tipped and commissioned employees who earn over $30 a month in tips or commissions. Other tipped and commissioned employees receive the minimum wage.

Covered entities include:

  • Businesses required by Santa Fe county to hold a business license and located outside of the incorporated boundaries of the City of Santa Fe, City of Española and the Town of Edgewood
  • Santa Fe county government employees
  • Contractors doing business with the Santa Fe county government

Covered employees include full-time, part-time and temporary employees, including contingent or contracted workers and employees working through a temporary service or an employment

General Impact to Employers:

The minimum wage will not automatically increase each year. Clients will need to check the Santa Fe county web site prior to March 1 of each year to determine if the minimum wage has increased and what the new rate will be.