Seattle minimum wage will increase on Jan. 1

Oct 18, 2021, 4:12 PM | Updated: 4:13 pm

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(File, Associated Press)

(File, Associated Press)

Minimum wage in Seattle will increase on Jan. 1, 2022.

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) announced on Monday the minimum wage will increase to $17.27/hour at companies with more than 500 employees. That’s up from $16.69/hour in 2021.

For smaller companies (500 or fewer employees) that don’t pay least $1.52/hour toward the employee’s medical benefits and/or where the employee doesn’t earn at least $1.52/hour in tips, the minimum wage will also be $17.27/hour. That’s up from $16.69/hour.

For those that do pay medical benefits or where tips exceed $1.52/hour, the new minimum wage will be $15.75/hour. That’s up from $15/hour.

Per the Minimum Wage Ordinance, the minimum wage increases every year on January 1 and applies to overtime-eligible employees who work in the city. The OLS announces the next year’s minimum wage increase by Sept. 30 of each year.

Minimum wage in Washington state is $13.69. Starting Jan. 1, 2022, that wage will increase to $14.49.

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