Living wage information

What is the Living Wage?

The term Living Wage refers to the minimum hourly wage necessary for a person to achieve a higher standard of living.

Santa Fe's Living Wage

The City of Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance was adopted to establish minimum hourly wages.

Effective March 1, 2020 all employers are required to pay employees an hourly wage of $12.10 per hour. .  This includes part-time and temporary employees.

The March 1, 2020 Living Wage increase is in accordance with City Ordinance and corresponds to the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Western Region for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. All employers required to have a business license or registration from the City must pay at least the adjusted 2020 Living Wage to employees for all hours worked within the Santa Fe city limits.

Who is affected?

The City of Santa Fe shall pay the minimum wage to all full-time permanent workers employed by the City. Contractors for the City who have a contract requiring the performance of a service including construction services but excluding purchases of goods, shall pay the minimum wage to their workers and subcontractors performing work under the contract if the total contract amount with the City is, or by way of amendment becomes, equal to or greater than thirty thousand dollars ($30,000). Businesses receiving assistance relating to economic development in the form of grants, subsidies, loan guarantees or industrial revenue bonds in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) to those employed by such entity for the duration of the City grant or subsidy shall pay the minimum wage to their workers for all hours worked within the city of Santa Fe. Businesses required to have a business license or business registration from the City of Santa Fe and nonprofit organizations shall pay the minimum wage to their workers for all hours worked within the city of Santa Fe that month.

Additional Information

For more information, download the following documents or contact Constituent Services by email at [bot protected email address], or by phone at (505) 955-6949.

Previous year’s Living Wage amounts listing.  The effective date for the annual Living Wage increase is March 1.  Below are the Living Wage amounts from the last 8 years.    

2012       10.30

2013       10.51

2014       10.66

2015       10.84

2016       10.91

2017       11.09

2018       11.40

2019       11.80

2020       12.10


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