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03 Nov

November 2021: Seattle is Increasing Minimum Wage

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Update Applicable to:

All employers in Seattle, WA.

What happened?

On September 30, 2021, Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced that the state’s minimum wage will increase, and because of this, Seattle is also increasing its minimum wage.

What are the details?

Beginning January 1, 2022, Seattle will increase its minimum wage to $17.27 per their Minimum Wage Ordinance that went into effect on April 1, 2015, and will continue to increase on January 1, every year.

  • Employers with 501 or more employees will need to pay $17.27 per hour.
  • Employers with 500 or fewer employees can pay $15.75 per hour if they pay $1.52 per hour towards medical benefits and/or if the employee earns $1.52 per hour in tips.

For more information, please see the links below:

Wage increase in Washington State Announcement

Minimum Wage Ordinance

Minimum Wage Table 1

Minimum Wage Table 2

Article 1

What do employers need to do?

Employers should review the information above and prepare to make changes to their payroll system to comply with the upcoming wage increase.