New WA law requiring employers to disclose salary takes effect

The law aims to empower workers and improve pay equity

Job seekers, rejoice: we no longer have to guess what a job might pay, we no longer have to worry about awkward “desired salary” questions on job applications, and we can be confident we will not be paid less than someone else to do the same job. A new state law that took effect Jan. 1, 2023 requires employers in Washington to publish the salary range along with the job description in the job posting.

The new pay transparency law also requires that job postings list benefits offered, including health insurance, retirement plans, paid days off, parental leave, and stock options.

Knowing this basic info upfront of how much we will be paid will greatly help job seekers sort and prioritize job postings to apply for, and simplify the process of choosing between different employers.

The legislation is meant to help close the gender wage gap and ensure companies are offering fair compensation. It will also equip workers with information that may help them negotiate a salary offer and help existing employees understand their workplace compensation structure.

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By Kirk Heynen (He/Him)
Kirk Heynen (He/Him)