Minimum Compensation Ordinance (MCO)

  • Effective January 1, 2018, the for-profit MCO rate is $14.02/hour. Non-profit contractors in San Francisco must continue pay no less than the S.F. minimum wage rate of $14.00 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:

  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

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 MCO-Poster 2012

 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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