You must be paid at least the minimum wage for work you perform for your employer. As of January 2023, the minimum wage in California is $15.50 per hour for all employers. There are exceptions to the minimum wage laws, such as those that apply to outside salespeople. An employer may also in some cases take a credit for meals or lodging in specific amounts as provided by statute but that is only permitted by mutual agreement between the employer and employee, which must be written and voluntary.
Certain local entities such as cities or counties may have higher minimum wages than what is provided by California law. San Francisco's minimum wage is currently $16.99 per hour. San Jose's minimum wage is currently $17.00 per hour. Los Angeles's minimum wage is $16.04 per hour.