The San Diego City Council has voted to increase the city's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by January 2017.

The vote Monday night was 6-3 along party lines, with Democrats in favor of the pay hike.

San Diego becomes the largest city by population in the country to raise its minimum wage.

It will rise to $9.75 in January 2015, $10.50 in January 2016 and $11.50 in January 2017.

The council considered presenting the wage hike to voters for approval in November, but decided to move forward with an ordinance instead.

California's minimum wage rose from $8 an hour to $9 on July 1 and is scheduled to become $10 in January 2016. 

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

-- The Associated Press