January 1, 2021 minimum wage increase

Last updated: December 2, 2020.

Effective January 1, 2021, the UW’s minimum wage will increase from $16.39 per hour to $16.69 per hour following the City of Seattle minimum wage. This change applies to all positions on the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses except for student assistants in Tacoma.

The UWHR Compensation office and the ISC will centrally manage increases needed for any employee whose pay is below the new minimum wage as of the 12/31/2020 payroll. Employees brought up to the new minimum will see the increase on their 1/25/21 paycheck.

The range minimums for classified jobs will be brought up to the nearest step above the new minimum. For example, salaried employees who are on the lowest step of the B4 (SEIU 925) or BI (WFSE) pay table will be moved up one step, from $2,889 per month to $2,956 per month. Similarly, hourly paid employees at the lowest SEIU 925 or WFSE step rate, $16.67 per hour, will be moved up to $17.05 per hour, the equivalent of the new lowest step on the pay table as of January 1, 2021.

The January 1, 2021 wage increase also applies to:

  • All staff positions
  • Student positions including job codes 10875-Student Assistant (Seattle & Bothell campuses), 11836-Student Assistant-Non-UW Student, and job code 11863, Temporary Staff – Helper

ASE hourlies: This increase does not apply to hourly academic student employees (ASEs) in jobs 10886-Reader/Grader, 10887-Tutor, 10868-Undergraduate Teaching Assistant and 10869-Undergraduate Research Assistant because they have been at least at $16.72 per hour, since July 1, 2020.

Exception for UW Tacoma student hourlies: UW Tacoma has been following the City of Tacoma or Washington state minimum wage schedule (whichever is higher) since 2015 for student hourlies. As of January 1, 2021, the Washington state minimum wage will increase from $13.50 an hour to $13.69 which will be the new minimum for Student Assistant-UWT.

Please plan for the budgetary impact of the new minimum wage. The UWHR Compensation office continually audits for employees paid below range minimum and works with departments and the ISC on any necessary corrections.

Questions? Email (Campus) or (Med Centers).