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Seattle Minimum Wage Rates Increase in 2018

Specific Rate Depends on Employer Size and Benefit Contributions

The 2018 minimum wage rates for Seattle, Washington are now available. Information regarding the new rates is presented below.

Employers with 501 or more Employees
Beginning January 1, 2018, employers with 501 or more employees who do make payments toward an employee's medical benefits pay a reduced minimum wage of $15.00 per hour.

Also beginning January 1, 2018, employers with 501 or more employees who do not make payments toward an employee's medical benefits pay $15.45 per hour.

Employers with 500 or Fewer Employees
Beginning January 1, 2018, employers with 500 or fewer employees pay a minimum wage of $11.50 per hour and reach a minimum compensation rate of $14.00 per hour through employee tips reported to the IRS and/or payments toward an employee's medical benefits plan. If the tips and/or payments toward medical benefits do not add up to the minimum compensation rate, the employer makes up the difference.

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