Minimum Wage Ordinance
Seattle's Minimum Wage Ordinance went into effect on April 1, 2015.
The Minimum Wage Ordinance sets wages for the City of Seattle and will gradually increase to $15.00/hour.
As of January 1, 2016
Minimum WageFor Large Employers (501 or more employees)
|Does employer pay towards medical benefits?|
|Large Employers: More Information|
Minimum WageFor 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?|
|Small Employers: More Information|
Publications & Resources
- Minimum Wage Ordinance - English
- Information for Large Employers - English
- Información para empleadores grandes - Español (Spanish)
- Information for Small Employers - English
- Información para empleadores pequeños - Español (Spanish)
Questions & Answers (Q&A)
Rules and Ordinances
- Enforcement Procedures -
Practices for Administering Minimum Wage and Minimum Compensation Rates Under SMC 14.19 (Chapter 90)
- Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) -
Minimum Wage and Minimum Compensation Rates for Employees Performing Work in Seattle (Chapter 14.19)
- Seattle City Council -
The Office of Labor Standards has jurisdiction within Seattle city limits.
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