What is the minimum wage in Seattle?

As of January 1, 2017, your minimum wage depends on what size employer you have and what benefits they provide.

Employees of Larger Businesses (501 or more employees nationwide)

If the employer does not provide insurance to you  your minimum wage is $15 an hour.

If the employer provided insurance meet affordable care act silver standards – in which the employer pays roughly 70% of the premium – and you use that insurance your minimum wage is $13.50 an hour.

Employees of Smaller Businesses (500 or less employees nationwide)

If you do not receive at least $2.00 in tips and medical insurance per hour, your minimum wage is $13.00.

If you do receive at least $2.00 per hour in tips and medical insurance per hour, your minimum wage is $11.00.  
You must still earn a total of $13 per hour from wages, tips and health benefits.

If you spend at least two hours working in Seattle during your two week pay period, you will be paid minimum wage. If you drive through Seattle during work hours but aren’t required to stop for work assignments, you won’t be covered. It is best to keep track of your hours to make sure you can prove that you spent time working in Seattle.

The minimum wage in Washington State is $11.00 per hour. The minimum wage in Tacoma is $11.15 per hour. And the minimum wage in Seatac for hotel and airport-related jobs is $15.34 per hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. 

For more information, you can call Fair Work Center staff at 1-844-485-1195. You can also visit the Seattle Office of Labor Standards website.

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