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Minimum Wage Information

The 2018 Washington minimum wage is $11.50 per hour. Future minimum wage is:

Seattle, Tacoma and the City of SeaTac have a higher minimum wage than the state rate. For employees working in these areas, the local minimum wage rate applies as long as it remains higher than the state minimum.

Additional Information

HRS monitors employee hourly pay rates to ensure compliance with minimum wage. However, departments must be aware of minimum wage requirements and are responsible for monitoring their employees to ensure pay rates are in accordance with appropriate state or city requirement.

City of Seattle Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for employees working in the City of Seattle is $15.45 per hour. Beginning January 1, 2019, the minimum wage will increase to $16.00 per hour.

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 is not covered by the ordinance.

City of Tacoma Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for employees working in the City of Tacoma is $12.00 per hour. Beginning January 1, 2019, the Tacoma minimum wage will increase to $12.35 per hour.

Employees are covered by the ordinance for all time spent working within the geographic boundaries of Tacoma. An employee who performs work in Tacoma 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 Tacoma during that two-week period. Time spent in Tacoma solely for the purpose of traveling through Tacoma or attending a training/conference is not covered by the ordinance.

City of SeaTac

The minimum wage for all hospitality and transportation employees working in the City of SeaTac only is $15.64 per hour. Beginning January 1, 2019, the City of SeaTac minimum wage will increase to $16.09 per hour.

Required Posters

Washington State University is required to display state and federal labor law notices and posters regarding employment rights including information related to minimum wage. Information regarding required workplace notices is available at: Required Workplace Posters.

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