Minimum Compensation Ordinance

  • Effective February 1, 2019: Public Entities (i.e. IHSS) Rate is $16.00 per hour.
  • November 11, 2018: For-Profit rate is $17.00 per hour. Non-Profits pay no less than the San Francisco Minimum Wage of $15.00 per hour.
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The Minimum Compensation Ordinance (MCO) covers most City service contractors and tenants (including at the San Francisco International Airport).  The law generally requires covered employers to provide to their covered employees:MCO Employee Notice

  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.

The Minimum Compensation Ordinance rate may be adjusted on January 1 of each year.

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.

 For Employers


 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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