Petaluma Living Wage Ordinance


The City’s Living Wage ordinance was adopted in 2019. The goal of the ordinance is to ensure that workers paid with city funds receive an hourly wage that is sufficient to live with dignity and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Click HERE to read the ordinance. (

Employees who believe they are not being paid in accordance with the Petaluma Living Wage ordinance or the Petaluma Minimum Wage Ordinance should contact the City’s Economic Development Division at [email protected].

Employers subject to Living Wage Ordinance and the Minimum Wage Ordinance are required to compensate employees at the higher applicable rate.

The Petaluma living wage ordinance applies to employees of the City or for-profit entities that contract with the City. The Petaluma Living Wage must be paid for hours worked on behalf of the City and/or work funded by City monies, regardless of where that work happens.

The Petaluma minimum wage ordinance applies to anyone who qualifies as a non-exempt employee under State minimum wage laws, for hours worked within the Petaluma City limits. Most employers, including businesses and nonprofits, are subject to Petaluma’s minimum wage ordinance; the exceptions are federal and state agencies. Tips and benefits cannot be considered when calculating the Petaluma minimum wage. Click HERE for information about the Petaluma minimum wage.

The Ordinance provides for an annual increase based on the average Cost of Living Adjustments for City employees but no more than the most recent December to December Consumer Price Index for San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (CPI-U), published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” The Ordinance also provides that the City Council may review the impact of the cost of living adjustment (COLA) on an annual basis to assess any potential adverse impact and may modify or suspend adoption of a COLA otherwise allowed by this subsection. Pursuant to the Living Wage Ordinance, any adjustment would be effective on July 1.

The Petaluma Living Wage for 2021-2022 is $16.90 Per Hour (with an Employer Contribution of $1.50/hr toward medical benefits) and $18.94 Per Hour (without a $1.50/hr Employer Contribution Toward Medical Benefits).

  • city employees 
  • employees of city service contractors 
  • Subcontractors 
  • employees of recipients of city financial assistance  
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