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New Year, New Minimum Wage

Before their first 2018 payroll, employers should make sure they comply with the statewide and city-specific minimum wage increases effective January 1, 2018.

Minimum wage throughout Washington State is now $11.50/hour. Employers in cities with their own minimum wage ordinances, such as Seattle and SeaTac, must pay the highest minimum wage required by law.

In the City of Seattle, minimum wage for 2018 is set according to the following schedule. The minimum wage varies based on the employer’s size and whether employees receive tips or employer-paid medical benefits.

  • $15.45/hour: For large employers (over 500 employees nationally) who do not pay toward medical benefits
  • $15.00/hour: For large employers (over 500 employees nationally) who pay toward medical benefits
  • $14.00/hour: For small employers (500 or fewer employees nationally) where the employee’s tips and employer-paid medical benefits total less than $2.50/hour
  • $11.50/hour: For small employers (500 or fewer employees nationally) where the employee receives at least $2.50/hour in tips or employer-paid medical benefits

For more information on the new minimum wage requirements, please contact any member of Ryan Swanson’s Employment, Labor, and Employee Benefits group.





Shannon Lawless is an attorney in Ryan Swanson’s Employment, Rights & Benefits Group and can be reached at lawless@ryanlaw.com.


This message has been created by the Employment Rights, Benefits & Labor Group at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC to advise of recent developments in the law. Because each situation is different, this information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice on any specific facts and circumstances. Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC is a full-service law firm located in Seattle, Washington.

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