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Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3400
Seattle, WA 98101-3034
206.464.4224

Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3400
Seattle, WA 98101-3034
206.464.4224

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Department of Labor & Industries Announces 2021 Salary Thresholds

Published on October 16th, 2020

On January 1, 2021, the new state minimum salary thresholds for overtime exempt employees goes into effect. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is now determining minimum thresholds using a multiplier of the state minimum wage. For small businesses (1-50 employees), an exempt employee must earn a salary of at least 1.5 times the minimum wage, or $42,712.80/year. For large businesses (51 or more employees), an exempt employee must earn a salary of at least 1.75 times the minimum wage, or $49,831.60/year. The 2021 thresholds for computer professionals who are paid by the hour have also changed.

Washington employers will have to adhere to the state thresholds in 2021 since they are more favorable when compared to the federal threshold. The threshold multiplier will be phased in until it reaches 2.5 times the minimum wage in 2028, at which time increases will be determined by any changes in the minimum wage caused by inflation.

For more information, please visit L&I’s Overtime Rules Resources webpage.






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