I looked up some numbers to see how things compared and the article said they offered pay of about $35k/year within the past 3 years. Three years ago, Seattle had a minimum wage of about $11.50/hour, or about $23k/year if getting paid for 40 hours/week. This year it has risen to about $14.50/hour, or about $29k/year. That $35k does not look so great when any unskilled job almost starts at that amount. They are actually in neighboring Redmond, so I am not sure if they have the same pay rate as Seattle, or if they use the slightly lower Washington Stage minimum wage. But either way, that region is very expensive.