BernCo Passes Minimum Wage Increase


Tonight, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the minimum wage cost of living increase from $8.65 per hour, to $8.70 per hour. This annually-calculated wage increase affects employees who work within the unincorporated area of Bernalillo County, outside of the city limits.

The increase will take effect on January 1, 2017.

“Bernalillo County is keeping pace with the annual cost of living adjustments that our families face every year,” says Commission Chair Art De La Cruz. “The employees affected by this increase are fathers, mothers, and in some cases even teenagers, who are providing for the welfare of their family.”

The new Bernalillo County Minimum Wage Ordinance, which took effect July 1, 2013, addressed a lacking cost of living adjustment compared to other local minimum wage rates. Initially, the county ordinance implemented two increases of .50 cent increments.

  •          July 2013 the minimum wage increased from $7.50 to $8.00
  •          January 2014, the minimum wage was increased from $8.00 to $8.50
  •          January 2015, the minimum wage had an annual cost of living adjustment and was increased to $8.65

On an annual basis, the ordinance requires that the County Commission vote on whether to implement a cost of living increase, that becomes effective on Jan. 1 of the successive year. The increased amount is calculated using a consumer price index formula published by the U.S. Department of Labor. The calculated cost of living increase for the 12-month period of September 2015 to August 2016 is $0.05.

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