Consideration of Salary History

  • The Consideration of Salary History Ordinance, also known as the Parity in Pay Ordinance, takes effect on July 1, 2018.


The Consideration of Salary History Ordinance bans employers, including City contractors and subcontractors, from considering current or past salary of an applicant in determining whether to hire the applicant or what salary to offer the applicant.

The ordinance also prohibits employers from (1) asking applicants about their current or past salary or (2) disclosing a current or former employee’s salary history without that employee’s authorization unless the salary history is publicly available.

If you have questions about the San Francisco Consideration of Salary History Ordinance or wish to report a violation of the law, call (415) 554-6469 or email



Statutory Authority

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Consideration of Salary History Ordinance on July 11, 2017.

The Board of Supervisors passed this Ordinance to "ensure that an individual's prior earnings, which may reflect widespread, longstanding, gender-based wage disparities in the labor market, do not continue to weigh down a woman's salary throughout her career."



Forms and Documents

PDF iconEmployer Consideration of Salary History Poster must be displayed at each workplace or job site. The poster is designed to be printed on 8.5" x 14" paper.