Minimum Wage Ordinance

Revisions to Rules proposed for City of Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) is currently in the review process for revisions to Chapter 90 Rules for Seattle's Minimum Wage Ordinance (SMC 14.19). The revisions reflect legislation establishing OLS as an independent office, changes resulting from the Wage Theft Prevention and Harmonization Ordinance of 2015, revisions to Washington State's minimum wage law resulting from Initiative 1433, and other requests for clarification from the public.

Revised Rules


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, 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

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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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