Seattle Minimum Wage Laws Seattle, Washington Local Minimum Wage for 2020, 2021

While Washington's state minimum wage is $13.69 per hour, Seattle has set its own, higher minimum wage rates that apply to employees of different classes of company who work Seattle.

500 or less employees:

Current Minimum Wage
$15.75 / hour
Effective 1/1/2020
Future Increase
Comparison to State Wage
+$2.06 / hour

501 or more employees:

Current Minimum Wage
$16.69 / hour
Effective 1/1/2021
Future Increase
Comparison to State Wage
+$3.00 / hour

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.

Seattle Minimum Wage Rates 2021 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 $16.57 +$2.88
Tacoma All employees $13.50 -$0.19

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