Developed by Code for Seattle volunteers and Working Washington as a front-line education and enforcement tool for workers, the "What's My Wage?" App steps workers through the questions they need to determine their wage this year and in the next few years under Seattle's $15 minimum wage law — and report any violations. Use it on the web at whatsmywage.org.
The app is intentionally simple, asking only the questions necessary to find out how the wage law apples to you. There are also a few special features:
- A geolocation tie-in that lets you use the app from your workplace to verify whether your location is within the jurisdictional limits of Seattle.
- A crowdsourced database linking employers & chains to their number of employees, in order to determine what increases employees will see each year. If someone doesn't know if their employer is part of a company or chain with more than 500 employees nationally, they can report the question through the app. We'll find out, let them know — and add that employer to the database that powers What's My Wage. So the more people who use the app, the better it gets.
- An integrated system for workers to report cases of possible wage theft to Working Washington for follow up.
Under Seattle’s minimum wage law, different employers get to $15/hour at different speeds, depending on how big they are and what kinds of benefits they provide workers. Everyone gets to the same minimum wage in the end, but smaller companies get a little more time to see the benefits of increased consumer demand.