Washington SOC Code Reporting Required

February 25, 2022

Starting the fourth quarter 2022 all Washington state employers are required to report SOC codes.

At a Glance

  • Starting with the 4th quarter 2022 all employers are required to report SOC codes
  • Penalty Charge will apply for incorrect or incomplete SOC code reporting


In 2019, Washington State passed a law requiring employers to report SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) codes in their quarterly reports for unemployment insurance. SOC Is a system used by federal agencies to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, and disseminating data.

The SOC code lookup tool has the most accurate codes for each type of employee. EAMS (Employer Account Management Services) will remember the SOC codes entered in the last quarter.

Starting the fourth quarter 2022 all employers are required to report SOC codes. Employers that fail to report the SOC code of a worker will be subject to the incomplete report penalty. These penalties range from $75.00- $250.00 depending on the amount of tax due on the incomplete report. For more information go to the WA ESD Website.

For more information on Washington's wage and payroll tax laws, check out our Washington Wage and Payroll Tax Facts page.


Next Steps

Paylocity currently has the ability to collect this information in the system.

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This information is provided as a courtesy, may change and is not intended as legal or tax guidance. Employers with questions or concerns outside the scope of a Payroll Service Provider are encouraged to seek the advice of a qualified CPA, Tax Attorney or Advisor.