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2020 Minimum Wage Announcement

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) announces the new 2020 minimum wage for large employers and small employers.

Details on the 2020 minimum wage increase, can be found by clicking on these links to see press releases in: English, Amharic, (Simplified) Chinese, French, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog , Tigrinya and Vietnamese.

Updated resource materials, including a minimum wage Q&A and fact sheet will be posted to this site before the end of the year.

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards Announces 2019 Minimum Wage Increases for All Employers

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) announces that the 2019 minimum wage for all large employers (employing more than 500 workers worldwide) will be $16.00 per hour. In past years, there was a two-tier system under which large employers that contributed toward individual medical benefits paid a lower minimum wage than those that did not. This two-tier system ends in 2019.

Also, beginning on January 1, 2019, small employers (with 500 or fewer employees) must pay at least $15.00 per hour. Small employers can meet this requirement by paying no less than $12.00 per hour in wages and contributing at least $3.00 per hour toward an employee's medical benefits and/or reported tips.


Seattle's Minimum Wage Ordinance went into effect on April 1, 2015. The Minimum Wage Ordinance applies to overtime-eligible employees who work in Seattle.

2019 Minimum Wage

For Large Employers (501 or more employees)


2019 Minimum Wage

For Small Employers (500 or fewer employees)
Does employer pay $3.00/hour toward medical benefits and/or does employee earn $3.00/hour in tips?
No Yes
$15.00/hour $12.00/hour

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