It’s No Joke…Fast Food Giants Paying Entry Level Workers $20 Per Hour In CA Effective April 1st 2024

It is no April Fool’s joke, as major fast food chains brace for a spike in California’s minimum wage for fast food workers.


Starting April 1st 2024, all major national fast food restaurants in California, will be forced by the government of the State of California to pay their workers at least 20 dollars per hour, regardless of how efficient or reliable the worker is.


Places like McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc will be subject to the wage increase.


Time will tell if more experienced workers and assistant managers, who might already be making 20 dollars per hour, will demand a pay raise too, let they end up nothing more than minimum wage of 20 dollars per hour.


If you are not a fast food worker in California, let’s say you work in a retail store or in an office, your minimum wage remains at 16 dollars per hour.


In the health care industry, workers at clinics, rehab facilities, nursing homes, etc,  have a minimum wage of 21 dollars per hour, which will go to 23 dollars per hour in 2026, and 25 dollars per hour in 2028.



A classic hamburger with cheese, tomato, lettuce on a soft bun.

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