Seattle's Minimum Wage Ordinance

Seattle's Minimum Wage Ordinance went into effect on April 1, 2015. It will gradually increase to $15/hour.

Questions or want to report a violation? Email us.

As of January 1, 2016: Seattle's minimum wage increased to:

For Large Employers
(501 or more employees)

Does employer pay towards medical benefits?
No Yes
$13.00/hour $12.50/hour
Large Employers: More Info

For Small Employers
(500 or fewer employees)

Does employer pay $1.50/hour towards medical benefits and/or does employee earn $1.50/hour in tips?
No Yes
$12.00/hour $10.50/hour
Small Employers: More Info

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please note: our FAQs are being revised to reflect recent changes to Seattle's labor standards laws. The revised FAQs will be posted later this month. Until then, please review the changes to these ordinances and consider them when reading the current posted FAQs. If you have a specific question, email

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Last updated: 02/02/2016