Seattle’s minimum wage to increase in 2023

Minimum wage in Seattle will increase by $1.42/hour starting January 1, 2023.

Editor’s Note: video above About Washington raises minimum wage in January 2023, originally published September 30, 2022.

SEATTLE – The minimum wage in Seattle will increase to $18.69 on January 1, up $1.42 from the city’s current minimum wage.

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) released its annual wage increase announcement Tuesday morning. The increase is required by the city’s Minimum Wage Ordinance and reflects the Consumer Price Index inflation rate for the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton area.

The minimum wage applies to employees within the city limits of Seattle, regardless of the employee’s immigration status.

Starting January 1, 2023, the OLS and minimum wage for large employers, as determined by 501 or more employees, will be $18.69 per hour, an increase of 8.22% over year 2022.

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Minimum wage for small employers that pay at least $2.19 per hour for employee medical benefits and/or where employees earn at least $2.19 per hour in tips will is $16.50 per hour starting January 1st.

OLS said revised workplace posters with updated labor standards for 2023 will be sent to all licensed businesses in Seattle. Copies of the poster, in English and 25 other languages, are available online.

Washington state’s minimum wage will also increase to $15.74 in January. State law ties Washington’s minimum wage to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index.

According to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industry, the state’s 8.66% increase in 2023 is tied to the cost of common goods, such as housing, food and medical care.

The state minimum wage applies to workers 16 years of age and older. Workers between the ages of 14 and 15 can earn 85% of that rate or $13.38 per hour.

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