Consideration of Salary History



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.

Note that the State of California has also passed legislation prohibiting employers from asking applicants about their current or past salary. The statewide law took effect on January 1, 2018. See the text of AB-168.

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.

Forms and Documents

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

Consideration of Salary History Frequently Asked Questions PDF icon English PDF icon Spanish PDF icon Chinese PDF icon Filipino

Contact Us

  • Please email or call 554-6469 with any questions regarding your rights and responsibilities under the Salary History Ordinance.

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