How much does it cost?

Paid Family and Medical Leave is an insurance program funded through premiums paid by nearly everyone working in Washington and many of their employers. The rate for 2019 is 0.4 percent of a worker's wage, about 63 percent of which is paid by the worker and about 37 percent is paid by the employer. Employers can opt to cover some or all their employees' premiums. Premium collection began on Jan. 1, 2019. 

Example: 

  • A worker makes $50,000 a year.
    • Worker pays about $2.44 a week.
    • Their employer pays about $1.41 a week.
    • Worker receives a benefit of about $731 per week when out on Paid Family and Medical Leave.