Transportation Network Company Minimum Compensation Ordinance

TNC Minimum Compensation Ordinance

Rules: SHRR Chapter 210

TNC Driver Pay Calculator

TNC Minimum Compensation Driver Webinar

TNC Minimum Compensation Notice of Rights

TNC Minimum Compensation Standard Study 

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On October 8, 2020, the Mayor signed the Transportation Network Company (TNC) Minimum Compensation Ordinance. The ordinance requires that TNCs like Uber and Lyft provide a minimum guaranteed per-trip payment that is at least the equivalent of Seattle's large employer minimum wage plus compensation for reasonable expenses.

Key provisions of the ordinance are below: 

Effective date: The ordinance will be effective on January 1, 2021. 

Minimum compensation: TNCs must pay the greater of

  •   Minimum per mile amount of $1.38 and per minute amount of $0.59


  • Minimum trip payment of $5.17

Rate Updates: Updated rates are effective January 1 of each year. These rates will increase based on annual inflation adjustments.

Noted as Reference: For 2021, the per minute rate was $0.57*; the per mile rate was $1.33; the minimum trip payment was $5.00 on all trips, including if the customer or TNC canceled the trip. *The per minute amount was phased in during the first three months of 2021.

Tip Protection: TNCs must pay all tips to drivers and cannot use tips to satisfy the minimum compensation requirements. 

Deductions: Deductions from pay are permitted only if they are in writing and for the benefit of the TNC driver. A TNC cannot earn a financial benefit from any deduction.

Personal Protective Equipment and Disinfecting Supplies: During the COVID-19 civil emergency, TNCs must  supply drivers with, or reimburse drivers for, a reasonable amount of personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies.

Transparency: TNCs must provide drivers with notice of rights, receipts for every trip, and weekly pay statements. TNCs also must provide passengers with receipts for every trip.

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