NEW LAW — Minimum Wage Increases for Certain Washington Cities

Attention employers in SeaTac, Seattle, and Tacoma, Washington … minimum wage in these cities is increasing on January 1, 2019.

For employers in SeaTac, minimum wage is increasing for certain employers in the hospitality and transportation industries from $15.64 to $16.09 per hour on January 1, 2019.

For employers in Seattle, minimum wage is increasing on January 1, 2019 as follows:

  • For employers with more than 500 employees worldwide, minimum wage is  increasing from $15.45 to $16.00 per hour and
  • For employers with 500 or fewer employees worldwide, minimum wage is  increasing from $11.50 to $12.00 per hour, and the hourly minimum compensation will increase from to $14.00 to $15.00 per hour
    • NOTE: These employers can make up the $3.00 difference between the minimum wage and hourly minimum compensation by contributing at least $3.00 per hour toward an employee’s medical benefits and/or reported tips.

For employers in Tacoma, minimum wage is increasing for certain employers in the hospitality and transportation industries from $12.00 to $12.35 per hour on January 1, 2019.

Employers in these cities should prepare for the increase and download the update minimum wage poster once available.