Seattle Port Commission gives itself sevenfold pay raise

Mar 13, 2013

Port of Seattle commissioners voted Tuesday for a sevenfold pay raise to $42,000 a year, about the same as a Washington state legislator.

Port spokesman Jason Kelly says Commission President Tom Albro proposed the pay hike to make the job more attractive to applicants. The vote ties commission salaries to the pay of state lawmakers.

The raise won't take effect until after the next election. Albro has said he'll decline his, if he is re-elected.

Current commissioners earn $6,000 a year. They also can take $104 per diem for each day of commission work up to $12,500 a year.

The five-member port oversees Sea-Tac Airport and port cruise ship and cargo terminal operations.