Seattle Minimum Wage

In accordance with the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance, the minimum wage for WSU employees working in the City of Seattle is $15.45 per hour effective January 1, 2018. Departments that have employees physically located in the city of Seattle must ensure they are paid in accordance with the Seattle City Council ordinance. Departments are to monitor their current employees to determine if the work location and pay rate are correct and make necessary adjustments.

Effective April 1, 2015, Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance raised the Seattle minimum wage to $11.00 per hour with required minimum wage increases to $15.00 per hour and higher with adjustments for inflation that will be phased in over time. At that time, Human Resource Services (HRS) reviewed all appointments and notified areas with employees impacted by the wage increase.

  • $13.00 January 1, 2016
  • $15.00 January 1, 2017
  • $15.45 January 1, 2018

HRS will monitor employees’ hourly rates to ensure their pay complies with the changing minimum wage. However, departments must be aware of the minimum wage increase as it applies to employees who work in Seattle.

Employees are covered by the ordinance for all time spent working within the geographic boundaries of Seattle. An employee who performs work in Seattle on an occasional basis is covered by the ordinance in a two-week period only if the employee performs more than two hours of work for an employer within Seattle during that two-week period. Time spent in Seattle solely for the purpose of travelling through Seattle or attending a training/conference, not at a WSU West work location, is not covered by the ordinance.

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