The Richmond City Council gave initial approval this week to hiking its minimum wage to $12.30 per hour by 2017, which could make it the highest in California and the nation. Here is a look at minimum wage rates around the Bay Area and nation.
California: $8, scheduled to rise to $9 on July 1.
United States: $7.25
Albuquerque, N.M.: $8.60
Bernalillo County, N.M.: $8.50
Montgomery County, Md.: $11.50 in 2017
Prince George's County, Md.: $11.50 in 2017
San Francisco: $10.74
San Jose: $10.15
Santa Fe, N.M. city and county: $10.66
Washington, D.C.: $11.50 in 2016
Richmond, proposed: $12.30 in 2017
Source: Ken Jacobs, chair of the UC Berkeley Labor Center and co-editor of the book "When mandates work: Raising labor standards at the local level."