Seattle, Washington Local Minimum Wage for 2022, 2023
While Washington's state minimum wage is $15.74 per hour, Seattle has set its own, higher minimum wage rates that apply to employees of different classes of company who work Seattle.
Large employers 501 or more employees:
Small employers 500 or less employees who pay at least $2.19 per hour towards medical benefits or in tips:
Small employers 500 or less employees. Does not pay $2.19/hour toward medical benefits and/o employee does not earn $2.19/hour in tips.:
Because Seattle has a higher minimum wage rate than the one set by Washington or the Federal government, the higher local minimum wage rate takes precedence and must be paid to all employees covered by the local minimum wage regulation.
Keep in mind that Washington and the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act both define various minimum wage exemptions and other labor laws that may apply to employees in Seattle. You can find more information about Washington's minimum wage and labor laws on this site.
Other Local Minimum Wage Rates in Washington
In addition to Seattle, there are other localities in Washington that have passed municipal minimum wage legislation. The following is a table of other Washington localities with established minimum wage laws.
|Locality||Applies To||Minimum Wage||Comparison to State|
|Sea Tac||All employees||$19.06||+$3.32|