Minimum Compensation Ordinance

NEW: MCO Rate Increases
          Effective July 1, 2022, the MCO For-Profit rate increases to $19.15 per hour.
          The MCO Non-Profit Rate increases to $17.90 per hour. 
          The MCO Public Entities Rate increases to $18.75 per hour.

          OLSE Guidance:  OLSE Guidance - MCO & The Coronavirus, Posted March 18, 2020

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The Minimum Compensation Ordinance (MCO) covers most City service contractors as well as tenants at the San Francisco International Airport.  The law generally requires covered employers to provide to their covered employees:

1.  No less than the MCO hourly wage in effect;
2.  12 paid days off per year (or cash equivalent); and
3.  10 days off without pay per year.

MCO Rate Chart

If you have questions about the San Francisco Minimum Compensation Ordinance or wish to report a violation of the law, call 415-554-7903 or email

 Statutory Authority


The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Minimum Compensation Ordinance in August 2000.

  MCO Rules: OLSE released new PDF icon Rules Implementing the Minimum Compensation Ordinance on March 2, 2020.  The Rules took effect on July 1, 2020.

  • The new MCO Rules replace the PDF icon prior MCO Regulations, issued by the Office of Contract Administration in 2002

 Forms and Documents - For Employers


MCO Poster - Must be displayed at each workplace.

MCO Know Your Rights - Employers must maintain copies signed by covered employee.

MCO Subcontractor Information Form

Complete MCO/HCAO Resource packets to download

​MCO Nonprofit Working Group: Report, Findings, & Recommendations

MCO Webinars 

 Filing a Complaint - For Employees

MCO Complaint Form

 For City Departments


The following forms may be found on the City's Intranet:

  • MCO Form P-360 Exemption & Waiver
  • HCAO Form P-365 Exemption & Waiver

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