2014 U.S. Minimum Wage Increases Topped by Seatac, Washington

Seatac, Washington is home to 26,909 residents, the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, and now the highest minimum wage in the United States.


With the passage of Proposition 1, Seatac voters created a new minimum wage of $15 per hour for hospitality and transportation workers, effective January 1, 2014. Seatac’s rate surpasses the State of Washington’s minimum wage, which will increase to $9.32 January 1, 2014 and is the highest state minimum wage in the nation.

The Seatac minimum wage, which is indexed to the cost of living and is a living wage ordinance, requires employers in the transportation and hospitality industry to notify employees of rate increases each year but does not stipulate a posting requirement.

Five cities in the U.S. have passed minimum wage ordinances that affect minimum-wage workers in all industries, and their 2014 rates include:

As part of our Update Program for corporate clients with 50 locations or more, GovDocs offers labor law posting compliance research and coverage of 25 cities in the U.S. with more cities being added to the roster in 2014.

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