Minimum Wage

Ordinance: SMC 14.19 Rules: SHRR Chapter 90 

Multi-Year Minimum Wage Chart Minimum Wage Q & A

Seattle's Minimum Wage Ordinance went into effect on April 1, 2015.

The Minimum Wage Ordinance sets wages for employees working within city limits. The minimum wage increases every year on January 1. In 2018, the minimum wage for large and small employers is set forth in the table below:

2020 Minimum Wage

For Large Employers (501 or more employees)

$16.39/hour

For Small Employers (500 or fewer employees)
Does employer pay $2.25/hour toward medical benefits and/or does employee earn $2.25/hour in tips?

No Yes
$15.75/hour $13.50/hour

2021 Minimum Wage

For Large Employers (501 or more employees)

$16.69/hour

For Small Employers (500 or fewer employees)
Does employer pay $1.69/hour toward medical benefits and/or does employee earn $1.69/hour in tips?

No Yes
$16.69/hour $15.00/hour

The Minimum Wage Ordinance applies to overtime-eligible employees who work in Seattle. Every year Seattle's Minimum Wage increases on January 1. OLS announces the upcoming year's minimum wage increase by September 30 of each year. For large employers in 2019, the minimum wage will increase to reflect the rate of inflation, based on the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton Area Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). For small employers, the minimum wage increase follows a schedule established by the minimum wage ordinance, as outlined in the multi-year chart.