Minimum Wage Ordinance

Seattle's January 1, 2018 Minimum Wage Increase 

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 and higher with adjustments for inflation.

2018 Inflation Adjustment for Minimum Wage and Penalties

Minimum Wage

For Large Employers (501 or more employees)
Does employer pay toward medical benefits?
No Yes
$15.45/hour $15.00/hour
Large Employers: More Information

Minimum Wage

For Small Employers (500 or fewer employees)
Does employer pay $2.50/hour toward medical benefits and/or does employee earn $2.50/hour in tips?
No Yes
$14.00/hour $11.50/hour
Small Employers: More Information

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