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2022 Minimum Wage and Mileage Updates for Production

Original publish date: December 10, 2021

Minimum wage will go up in several states in 2022, so production companies will want to plan ahead to make sure they’re paying their freelance crew correctly.

Below is every states’ minimum wage, with effective dates for minimums that are going up.

2022 Minimum Wage by State for Production Crews

State2022 Rate (per hour)Effective Date
California – Small Employers (25 or fewer employees)$14.001/1/22
California – Large Employers (26 or more employees)$15.001/1/22
Maryland – 14 or fewer employees$12.201/1/22
Maryland – 15 or more employees$12.501/1/22
Minnesota – Small Employers (100 or fewer employees)$8.421/1/22
Minnesota – Large Employers (101 or more employees)$10.331/1/22
Nevada – employers who do provide employee benefits$9.507/1/22
Nevada – employers who do not provide employee benefits$10.507/1/22
New Jersey – Large Employers (6 or more employees)$13.001/1/22
New Jersey – Small Employers (fewer than 6 employees) and seasonal employees$11.901/1/22
New Hampshire$7.25 
New Mexico$11.501/1/22
New York$13.2012/31/21
North Carolina$7.25 
North Dakota$7.25 
Oregon (standard)13.507/1/22
Oregon (Portland Metro)$14.757/1/22
Oregon (Nonurban Counties)$12.507/1/22
Puerto Rico$8.501/1/22
Rhode Island$12.251/1/22
South Carolina$7.25 
South Dakota$9.951/1/22
West Virginia$8.75 

2022 Minimum Wage Rates in Localities for Production

These localities have minimum wage requirements that are different or higher than the state or federal minimum wage, or they will in 2022:

Locality2022 rate (per hour)Effective Date
Flagstaff, AZ$15.501/1/22
Alameda, CA$15.007/1/20
Belmont, CA$16.201/1/22
Berkeley, CA$16.327/1/21
Burlingame, CA$15.601/1/22
Cupertino, CA$16.401/1/22
Daly City$15.531/1/22
El Cerrito, CA$16.371/1/22
Fremont – Large Employers (26 or more employees)$15.257/1/21
Fremont – Small Employers (25 or fewer employees)$15.007/1/21
Halfmoon Bay, CA$15.561/1/22
Hayward 26 or more employees$15.561/1/22
Hayward 25 or fewer employees$14.521/1/22
Los Altos, CA$16.401/1/22
Los Angeles City, CA$15.007/1/21
Los Angeles County, CA– Small Employers
(25 or fewer employees)
Los Angeles County, CA – Large Employers
(26 or more employees)
Malibu, CA – Small Employers
(25 or fewer employees)
Malibu, CA – Large Employers
(26 or more employees)
Menlo Park, CA$15.751/1/22
Milpitas, CA$15.657/1/21
Mountain View, CA$17.101/1/22
Novato, CA 100 or more employees$15.771/1/22
Novato, CA 26-99 employees$15.531/1/22
Novato, CA 25 employees or less$15.001/1/22
Oakland, CA$15.061/1/22
Palo Alto, CA$16.451/1/22
Pasadena – Small Employers
(25 or fewer employees)
Pasadena – Large Employers
(26 or more employees)
Petaluma, CA$15.851/1/22
Redwood City, CA$16.201/1/22
Richmond, CA$15.541/1/22
San Carlos, CA$15.771/1/22
San Diego, CA$15.001/1/22
San Francisco, CA$16.327/1/21
South San Francisco, CA$15.551/1/22
San Jose, CA$16.201/1/22
San Leandro, CA$15.007/1/21
San Mateo, CA$16.201/1/22
Santa Clara, CA$16.401/1/22
Santa Monica, CA – Small Employers
(25 or fewer employees)
Santa Monica, CA – Large Employers
(26 or more employees)
Santa Rosa, CA$15.851/1/22
Sonoma, CA 25 or fewer employees$15.001/1/22
Sonoma, CA 26 or more employees$16.001/1/22
Sunnyvale, CA$17.101/1/22
Denver, CO$15.871/1/22
District of Columbia$15.207/1/21
Chicago, Ill – 21 or more employees$15.007/1/21
Chicago, Ill – 4-20 employees$14.007/1/21
Cook County, Ill$13.007/1/20
Montgomery County, MD – Small Employers (10 or fewer employees)$14.007/1/22
Montgomery County, MD – Medium Employers (11-50 employees)$14.507/1/22
Montgomery County, MD – Large Employers (51 or more employees)$15.007/1/21
Minneapolis, MN – Small Employers
(100 or fewer employees)
Minneapolis, MN – Large Employers
(101 or more employees)
St. Paul, MN – Macro Employers more than 10,000 Employees$15.007/1/22
St. Paul, MN – Large Employers 101 – 10,000 Employees$13.507/1/22
St. Paul, MN – Small Employers 6-100 Employees$12.007/1/22
St. Paul, MN – Micro Employers 5 or fewer employees$10.757/1/22
Albuquerque, NM – employers who provide employee benefits$10.501/1/22
Albuquerque, NM – employers who do not provide employee benefits$11.501/1/22
Bernalillo County, NM$9.351/1/21
Las Cruces, NM$11.501/1/22
City of Santa Fe, NM$12.323/1/21
Santa Fe County, NM$12.323/1/21
New York City$15.002019
Long Island & Westchester, NY$15.0012/31/21
Portland Metro, OR$14.007/1/21
SeaTac, WA$17.541/1/22
Seattle, WA – Small Employers with benefits (500 or fewer employees)$15.751/1/22
Seattle, WA – Small Employers without benefits (501 or more employees)$17.271/1/22
Seattle, WA – Large Employers
(501 or more employees)

IRS Mileage Rate for Film Productions in 2022

In 2022, the Internal Revenue Service issued optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Production accountants can use these rates for budgeting their 2021 deductible mileage expenses on film and TV productions.

Beginning January 1, 2022, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) is:

Social Security Payroll Tax Ceilings Increase for 2022

Starting January 1, 2022, the maximum earnings subject to the Social Security payroll tax will increase by $4,200 to $147,000—up from the $142,800 maximum for 2021, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced Oct. 13.

The SSA also posted a fact sheet summarizing the 2022 changes. The taxable wage cap is subject to an automatic cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) each year based on increases in the national average wage index, calculated annually by the SSA.

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