128 10th Avenue SW
PO Box 47500
Olympia, WA 98501
What is standby pay?
Standby pay is additional pay for employees required to be immediately available for duty.
Who is eligible for standby pay and how is it earned?
Overtime-eligible employees are eligible for standby pay (WAC 357-28-205). To qualify, employees must be required by their employer to restrict their off-duty activities to be immediately available for duty.
How is standby pay applied?
The rate of standby pay is 7% of an employee’s base hourly rate (WAC 357-28-210). If an employer compensates overtime exempt employees, the rate of standby pay must be set at $25.00 per day. The Director of the Office of the State HR Director may approve exceptions to standby rates based upon business requirements.
Note: Rules and practices may vary between represented and non-represented employees. Check the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement, or talk to the agency’s or institution’s Human Resource staff.