The Santa Fe County Commission raised the minimum wage in the county to $10.66 per hour. The effects will go into effect in 60 days and only has an effect on unincorporated areas of the county.
The move increases the minimum wage in the country from $7.50 — the minimum wage throughout New Mexico — to near the minimum wage for the city of Santa Fe. This moves the county to one of the highest minimum wages in the country.
The measure also raised the wage for tipped employees to $6.40 per hour from the current $2.13.
The minimum wage will be tied to the Consumer Price Index, which means the minimum wage in the county will rise with inflation.
The minimum wage increase came on a unanimous vote from the Santa Fe County Commission, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.
This makes Santa Fe County the second county in the state to raise the minimum wage, following Bernalillo County. Like Bernalillo County, Santa Fe County made the move to keep the county’s minimum wage in line with the biggest city in the county.
The city of Santa Fe currently has a minimum wage of $10.51 per hour and it is scheduled to increase to $10.66 per hour at the beginning of March. The city’s minimum wage increases based on the Consumer Price Index in the western part of the United States.
A proposed constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage and tie it to the Consumer Price Index failed to pass legislature this past legislative session.
Albuquerque has a minimum wage of $8.60 per hour and Bernalillo County has a minimum wage of $8.50 per hour.
For Bernalillo County and Santa Fe County, the minimum wages only apply to unincorporated areas. In other words, municipalities are not bound by the increase.