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Posted on: February 2, 2016

Rumor: The City of San Marcos has hiked the minimum wage to $15 an hour plus benefits.

Fact: The City of San Marcos and the State of Texas adopts the federal minimum wage rate.


The San Marcos City Council voted on Feb. 2. 2016 to amend the City of San Marcos Economic Development Policy to require all jobs calculated or counted for economic development incentive purposes to pay no less than a “family living wage,” which means a wage of $15.00 per hour, plus benefits equal to those offered to other full-time employees.


State law prohibits local governments from passing a minimum wage. Some cities, like San Marcos, have ordinances in place for a family living wage. Minimum wage laws require a minimum hourly pay rate to any employee.  The family living wage policy in San Marcos only applied to businesses seeking a jobs-based economic development incentives.


Read the City of San Marcos Economic Development Policy Resolution Update Related to Family Living Wage.