Minimum wage increases are calculated annually by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries using a formula tied to the rate of inflation.

Effective January 1, 2024, the state of Washington minimum wage is $16.28 per hour.

Seattle, SeaTac, and Tukwila, have higher minimum wage ranges than the state minimum.  For employees working in those areas, the local minimum wage rate applies as long as it is higher than the state minimum. Departments that have employees physically working in these cities must ensure that they are paid in accordance with the city ordinance. Departments are to monitor their current employees to determine if the work location and pay rate are correct and make necessary adjustments.

City of Seattle Minimum Wage

Effective January 1, 2024, minimum wage for WSU employees working in the City of Seattle is $19.97.

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

Effective January 1, 2024, minimum wage for all hospitality and transportation workers in the City of SeaTac is $19.71 per hour.

City of Tukwila

Effective January 1, 2024, the minimum wage for WSU employees working in the City of Tukwila is $20.29.

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.