Wage & Hour Counsel
Santa Fe Local Ordinance Sets Country's Highest Minimum Wage Requirement
On March 1, 2012 the minimum wage for employers in Santa Fe, New Mexico will increase to $10.29 per hour. The rate will exceed San Francisco’s $10.24 requirement, becoming the highest minimum wage in the country. The reason for the increase is a city ordinance that ties wage requirements to the consumer price index for the western United States. The consumer price index for the region saw a marked increase, as the cost of living in Santa Fe is 18 percent higher than the national average.