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Here's a quick rundown of minimum wage, breaks, and paid sick & safe time in Seattle

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seattle minimum wage

Effective January 1, 2016, Seattle's minimum wage rises to $13, $12.50, $12, and/or $10.50 an hour, depending:

  • $13 an hour if you work at McDonald's, Target or another large company or chain with more than 500 employees nationally, and you do not receive healthcare benefits from your employer. 
  • $12.50 an hour if you work at Starbucks, Tom Douglas Restaurants or another large company or chain with more than 500 employees nationally, and do receive healthcare benefits from your employer.
  • $12.00 an hour if you work at a smaller company or chain with less than 500 employees nationally and do not receive tips or healthcare benefits from your employer.
  • $10.50 an hour in wages and at least $12.00 an hour in minimum compensation if you work at a smaller company or chain with less than 500 employees nationally. Your minimum compensation is the sum of your wage, your tips, and the cost to your employer of providing healthcare benefits. You can't be paid less than $10.50 in wages, regardless of the amount of your tips or benefits.

Our Whats My Wage tool — developed with Code for Seattle volunteers — can help workers navigate the law and report violations. Visit whatsmywage.org for more information.

Paid sick and safe time

Whether you are full-time, part-time, or temporary, everyone who works in Seattle earns paid sick and safe time if your employer has more than four full-time equivalent employees.

You can use your paid sick and safe time if you're sick, if you have a doctor visit, or you need to care for a family member.

Your paystub has to show how much paid sick time you have.

breaks and overtime

You get a mandatory 10 minute paid rest break for every 4 hours you work in a day. This is required by law and can't be waived or substituted by a meal break.

You also have the right to take a 30 minute unpaid meal period if you work more than 5 hours in a day.

You have to be paid time and a half if you work over 40 hours in a week for the same employer. Being denied breaks, being denied overtime, or not being paid for all your hours is illegal.

Frequently asked questions

If you want to find out what you are supposed to be making right now click on the "What's My Wage" button. Below are some frequently asked questions about the minimum wage, sick leave, and breaks. With permission, we will be adding more questions here as we answer them.

What about $15?

What should I see on my paystub?

What can I use my paid sick time for?

Can my manager make me clock off and keep working?