January 2021

State Updates


Seattle increases minimum wage


Author: ADP Admin/Wednesday, November 4, 2020/Categories: Compliance Corner , State Compliance Update, Washington

Seattle Washington's minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2021. All non-exempt employees who work in Seattle must be paid the minimum wage per hour.

2021 Rate:

Seattle's minimum wage depends on the size of the business and whether the employer pays a certain amount toward employee tips and/or medical benefits, as outlined below.

Employer Size

Pays at least $1.69/hour in medical benefits or tips

2021 Minimum Wage

Employers with more than 500 employees


$16.69 per hour

Employers with 500 or fewer employees


$16.69 per hour

Employers with 500 or fewer employees


$15 per hour

Posting Requirements:

The city will mail a revised workplace poster containing information on labor standards for 2021 to every business with a Seattle business license and will also make the updated poster available on its website. Employers must display the poster in a conspicuous and accessible location. Employers must display the poster in English and in the primary language(s) of the employees at the particular workplace.

Note: In situations where an employer cannot display the poster, including when an employee works remotely or does not have a regular workplace or job site, employers may provide the poster on an individual basis in an employee's primary language in a physical or electronic format that is reasonably conspicuous and accessible.

Compliance Recommendations:

Seattle employers must pay all non-exempt employees who perform work in the city at least the minimum wage per hour. Please contact your dedicated service professional with any questions.

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