As of 2018 the standard minimum wage in Washington State is $11.50 per hour. Some localities also have their own minimum wages including $15 in Seattle, $12 in Tacoma, and $15.64 in SeaTac. With very limited exceptions, employers must pay employees this minimum wage. However, sometimes what counts as part of that minimum wage and what doesn’t can be confusing for both employees and employers.
Common compensation that does not count toward minimum wage include:
Paid time off
Tips & Gratuities
Meals & Lodging
In addition to minimum wage, employers are also obligated to pay overtime where applicable. In some cases, meal breaks or rest periods must also be paid.
Consider speaking with a lawyer if you believe you may have been wrongfully denied pay, benefits, or other protections.