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Overtime: Washington

Overtime requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Patrick M. Madden, K&L Gates LLP


  • Washington state employers must generally pay nonexempt employees at least one and one half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek. See Overview.
  • State law on compensation that must be included in the regular rate and the regular rate calculations generally parallels federal requirements. See The Regular Rate.
  • Washington state allows employees to request compensatory time off instead of overtime pay. However, such arrangements are not valid for private-sector employers under federal law. See Compensatory Time Off.
  • Washington's overtime requirements do not apply to any industry in which federal law provides for an overtime payment based on a workweek other than 40 hours. See Alternative Work Periods.
  • Seattle has requirements pertaining to overtime. See Local Requirements.