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Starting January 1, 2024, WA is Raising the Minimum Wage and Overtime Salary Threshold

Posted Nov 21, 2023 05:15 PM
Starting January 1, WA’s minimum wage will increase to $16.28 per hour for employees ages 16+. This represents a 3.4% increase from this year. This new rate applies to nonprofit employers of all kinds.

Those based in cities such as Seattle or SeaTac should pay close attention to their specific rates.

Also, the threshold you must pay to exempt an employee who otherwise qualifies under federal standards as a management employee from overtime will increase again to $1,302.40/week (or $67,724.80/year). Anyone paid below that threshold must be paid overtime regardless of their title or job duties. This is true for employers of all sizes.

Check out the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) website for a
salary threshold implementation schedule. For an easy way to understand overtime thresholds, watch this video prepared by the Nonprofit Learning Center.

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