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Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668
206.464.4224

Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668
206.464.4224

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2024 Minimum Wage Increases and Exempt Salary Thresholds

Published November 9, 2023

2024 Minimum Wage Increases Announced
In 2024, the Washington State minimum wage increases to $16.28 per hour. In Seattle, the minimum wage is even higher. Effective January 1, 2024, the Seattle minimum wage for large employers, which are employers with more than 500 workers worldwide, will be $19.97 per hour. Large employers are required to pay this minimum wage regardless of contribution to medical benefits. For small employers, which employ 500 or fewer employees worldwide, the new Seattle minimum wage also will be $19.97 per hour. An exception is small employers can instead pay a minimum wage of $17.25 per hour if they contribute at least $2.72 per hour toward employee medical benefits and/or the employee earns at least $2.72 per hour in reported tips.

2024 Exempt Salary Thresholds
On January 1, 2024, the new state minimum salary thresholds for exempt employees will again rise. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) determines minimum thresholds using a multiplier of the state minimum wage, and this year the salary thresholds are the same. In 2024, for both small (1-50 employees) and large (51 or more employees) businesses, an exempt employee must now earn a salary of at least 2.0 times the minimum wage, or $1,302.40/week.

Washington employers will have to adhere to the state thresholds in 2024 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 & Exemptions webpage.

For questions, please contact any member of Ryan Swanson’s Employment Rights, Benefits & Labor group






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