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Contractors (and their subcontractors) awarded a contract valued $100,000 or more must pay a living wage to their employees. Wages are based on the company’s total number of employees.

Companies that fail to pay living wages may be subject to: (1) Disqualification from bidding on a King County contract; (2) Damages and termination of a contract.

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Schedule 1 Employer (more than 500 employees)

 

Minimum Wage
(no paid health care)

Minimum Wage
(with paid health care)

2016

$13.00 per hour

$12.50 per hour

2017

$15.00 per hour

$13.50 per hour

2018

Starting in 2018, increases match inflation

$15.00 per hour

2019

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Starting in 2019, all Schedule 1 employees will get equal minimum wages.

 

 

Schedule 2 Employer (fewer than 500 employees)

 

Minimum Wage

Minimum Total Compensation
(including paid health care or extra wages)

2016

$10.50 per hour

$12.00 per hour

2017

$11.00 per hour

$13.00 per hour

2018

$11.50 per hour

$14.00 per hour

2019

$12.00 per hour

$15.00 per hour

2020

$13.50 per hour

$15.75 per hour

2021

$15.00 per hour

Starting in 2021, Schedule 2 total compensation will equal the Schedule 1 minimum wage.

2022

$15.75 per hour

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2023

$16.50 per hour

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2024

$17.25 per hour

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2025

Starting in 2025, Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 employees will receive equal minimum wages.

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