For Immediate Release
Contact: Cynthia Santana/Communications Manager
Office of Labor Standards Announces Seattle’s 2024 Minimum Wage
Seattle, WA – (October 16, 2023) – The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) announces an increase to the Seattle minimum wage, effective January 1, 2024. An annual increase to the minimum wage is required by the Minimum Wage Ordinance. The minimum wage applies regardless of the employee’s immigration status. The minimum wage increase will reflect the rate of inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Seattle Tacoma Bellevue area.
- The 2024 minimum wage for large employers (501 or more employees) is $19.97/hour
- The 2024 minimum wage for small employers (500 or fewer employees) who do not pay at least $2.72/hour toward the employee’s medical benefits and/or where the employee does not earn at least $2.72/ hour in tips is $19.97/hour.
- The 2024 minimum wage for small employers who do pay at least $2.72/hour toward the employee’s medical benefits and/or where the employee does earn at least $2.72/hour in tips is $17.25/hour.
“Seattle has one of the nation’s highest minimum wages – a clear commitment to creating a city where working people can live and thrive,” said Mayor Bruce Harrell. “We will continue to advance policies and programs that support working people and ensure Seattle remains a bastion for workers’ rights.”
The Minimum Wage Ordinance sets the minimum wage for employees working within city limits. Seattle’s current 2023 minimum wage is $18.69/hour for large employers and for small employers who do not pay at least $2.19/hour toward the employee’s medical benefits and/or where the employee does not earn at least $2.19/ hour in tips. Small employers who do pay $2.19/hour in medical benefits and/ or where the employee earns at least $2.19/hour in tips currently pay $16.50/hour.
OLS will mail a revised workplace poster containing information on labor standards for 2024 to every business with a Seattle business license. Copies of the workplace poster in English and translations into 29 other languages will be available soon. Sign up for the OLS newsletter for the latest updates on Seattle labor standards on the OLS website.
- Help for businesses: for free and private assistance for compliance with Seattle’s minimum wage and other labor standards, call 206-256-5297, email. firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to fill out an online request form.
- Help for workers and the public: to ask a question, file a complaint, or provide information, call 206-256-5297, email email@example.com, or click here to fill out a web form.
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