Minimum Wage Ordinance

Office of Labor Standards Issues Final Rule Revisions for City of Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance

Rule revisions include eliminating subminimum wages for people with disabilities and changes from statewide Initiative 1433

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) announces finalized revisions to the administrative rules for the Minimum Wage Ordinance (SHRR Chapter 90).

Rule Revisions

As of January 1, 2017

Minimum Wage

For Large Employers (501 or more employees)
Does employer pay towards medical benefits?
No Yes
$15.00/hour $13.50/hour
Large Employers: More Information

Minimum Wage

For Small Employers (500 or fewer employees)
Does employer pay $2.00/hour towards medical benefits and/or does employee earn $2.00/hour in tips?
No Yes
$13.00/hour $11.00/hour
Small Employers: More Information

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

2018 Inflation Adjustment for Minimum Wage and Penalties

Minimum Wage

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

The Office of Labor Standards has jurisdiction within Seattle city limits.

If your situation does not qualify for investigation by us, we will refer you to another agency for help.

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