The 2020 Washington minimum wage is $13.50 per hour.
The 2021 Washington minimum wage is $13.69 per hour.
- Minimum wage increases are calculated annually by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries using a formula tied to the rate of inflation.
Seattle 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.
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 2020 minimum wage for employees working in the City of Seattle is $16.39 per hour.
The 2021 minimum wage for WSU employees working in the City of Seattle is $16.69 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 SeaTac
The minimum wage for all hospitality and transportation employees working in the City of SeaTac only is $16.34 per hour.
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.