Santa Fe Workers to See Living Wage Raise March 1, 2022

Living Wage to Increase 5.11% to $12.95

Based on a 12-month total increase of 5.11% in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Western Region for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for 2022, Santa Fe workers will see the Living Wage increase to $12.95 an hour as of March 1. The Living Wage for 2021 was $12.32 an hour.

All employers within the City of Santa Fe are required to pay all workers at least the Living Wage.

In 2007 Santa Fe decided to adjust the Living Wage with the annual cost of living in order to help ensure that workers’ wages would keep pace with inflation. The term Living Wage refers to the minimum hourly wage necessary for a person to achieve a higher standard of living. According to the US Department of Labor, the Federal minimum wage has been at $7.25 since 2009.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the minimum wage is a critical labor standard meant to ensure a fair wage for this country’s lowest-paid workers, and the declining value of the federal minimum wage over time has contributed to the growth in U.S. income inequality. As the cost of living increases, the Living Wage in Santa Fe helps ensure full-time workers do not live in poverty.

City of Santa Fe employees earn a minimum wage of $15 an hour. City government leadership recognizes that City workers are its most valuable assets, and continues to take steps to retain and recruit capable employees. To find information regarding current job announcements and submit an application, please visit the Job Opportunities Portal.

The Federal minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.13 per hour. Under New Mexico law the minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.80 per hour. The City’s Living Wage Ordinance does not set a minimum wage for tipped workers. 

For more information, contact Constituent Services by email at constituentservices@santafenm.gov, or by phone at 505-955-6949


 

 

What is the Living Wage?

The term Living Wage refers to the minimum hourly wage necessary for a person to achieve a higher standard of living.

Santa Fe's Living Wage

The City of Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance was adopted to establish minimum hourly wages.

Effective March 1, 2022 all employers are required to pay employees an hourly wage of $12.95 per hour.  This includes part-time and temporary employees. 

Tips are counted as wages and credited towards satisfaction of the minimum wage. As long as a worker is receiving the hourly minimum wage, whether through tips, salary, or combination of both, the employer is in compliance with the Living Wage Ordinance.

The March 1, 2021 Living Wage increase is in accordance with City Ordinance and corresponds to the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Western Region for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. All employers required to have a business license or registration from the City must pay at least the adjusted 2021 Living Wage to employees for all hours worked within the Santa Fe city limits.

Who is affected?

The City of Santa Fe shall pay the minimum wage to all full-time permanent workers employed by the City. Contractors for the City who have a contract requiring the performance of a service including construction services but excluding purchases of goods, shall pay the minimum wage to their workers and subcontractors performing work under the contract if the total contract amount with the City is, or by way of amendment becomes, equal to or greater than thirty thousand dollars ($30,000). Businesses receiving assistance relating to economic development in the form of grants, subsidies, loan guarantees or industrial revenue bonds in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) to those employed by such entity for the duration of the City grant or subsidy shall pay the minimum wage to their workers for all hours worked within the city of Santa Fe. Businesses required to have a business license or business registration from the City of Santa Fe and nonprofit organizations shall pay the minimum wage to their workers for all hours worked within the city of Santa Fe that month.

Additional Information

For more information, download the following documents or contact Constituent Services by email at constituentservices@santafenm.gov, or by phone at (505) 955-6949.

Call Constituent Services to file a complaint.  

Constituent Services  (505) 955-6949, Savannah Saiz sssaiz@santafenm.govConstituent Services Specialist, or  use the the CRM Public Dashboard. 

Previous year’s Living Wage amounts listing.  The effective date for the annual Living Wage increase is March 1.  Below are the Living Wage amounts from the last 9 years.    

2012       10.30

2013       10.51

2014       10.66

2015       10.84

2016       10.91

2017       11.09

2018       11.40

2019       11.80

2020       12.10

2021       12.32

2022       12.95

Base Wage for Tippped & Commissioned Employees

Section 28-1.5(C) - For workers who customarily receive more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) per month in tips or commissions, any tips or commissions received and retained by a worker shall be counted as wages and credited towards satisfaction of the minimum wage provided that, for tipped workers, all tips received by such workers are retained by the workers, except that the pooling of tips among workers shall be permitted.

Workers who “customarily receive” more than $100 per month in tips must still receive the minimum hourly wage in the City, so if they aren’t earning enough in tips the employer must pay them enough to make up the difference.