Per Diem Meals & Lodging

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When traveling you will be reimbursed for each day ("per diem") of lodging and food expenses based on rates set for the locations you are traveling to. Your lodging is based on actual expenses with prior approval needed to exceed the per diem rate, whereas your meals are reimbursed at the per diem rate, regardless of what you spend.

 

Rates for Common Destinations

City Lodging Meals Notes
Bellingham $83 $46 Breakfast - $11
Lunch - $14
Dinner - $21
Olympia $94 $61 Breakfast - $15
Lunch - $18
Dinner - $28
Portland $126 $66 Breakfast - $16
Lunch - $20
Dinner - $30
Seattle $190 (6/1 - 8/31)
$156 (9/1 - 5/31)
$71 Breakfast - $18
Lunch - $21
Dinner - $32

 

Non-Local Rates

Washington State

Reference the Per Diem Rates Map or visit the OFM Travel Page for historic information.

Continental U.S.

  1. Click on this link: CONUS Per Diem Rates
  2. Based on the dates of travel, make sure the proper Fiscal Year is selected in the drop-down box
    Note: Fiscal Years for this website start October 1 and run to September 30
    Fiscal Year 2008 = October 1, 2007 – September 30, 2008
    Fiscal Year 2007 = October 1, 2006 – September 20, 2007
  3. Click on the state of the traveler’s destination
  4. In the column labeled “Primary Destination” look for the city where the traveler will be spending the night.
    1. If the city is not listed, look for the county of the destination city
      1. To find the county, click this link: NACO County Search
      2. Under Search By Name of City, type the lodging city and click the Search for County button
      3. Find the correct state in the left-hand column
      4. Look in the right-hand column for name of the county
      5. If neither the city nor the county is listed, the location is a standard CONUS destination (see item 7)
  5. The columns list the rate by month. Some locations change through the year, some do not. Taxes on top of this room rate are allowed for reimbursement.
  6. The number in the last column is the Per Diem meal allotment. Use the table below to determine the per meal entitlement (do not use the GSA Meals & Incidental Expenses Breakdown).

Per Meal Breakdown for Contental U.S.*
Total B (25%) L (30%) D (45%)
$46 $11 $14 $21
$51 $13 $15 $23
$56 $14 $17 $25
$61 $15 $18 $28
$66 $16 $20 $30
$71 $18 $21 $32

 

  1. If neither the city nor the county is listed, the location is a standard CONUS destination with a rate of $77 for lodging and $46 for meals and incidental expenses.

Alaska, Hawaii, non-foreign Overseas

  1. Click on this link: DOD Per Diem Allowance Committee
  2. Use the column on the right (OUTSIDE CONUS) to find your destination, and click Execute
  3. If the city is not on the list, use the entry for “Other
  4. The first number column is the base room rate allowed for lodging
    • Taxes on top of this room rate are allowed for reimbursement
  5. The "Local Meals" and "Local Incidental" columns should be combined to make the total Per Diem allotment
    • This can be split per meal by percentage (rounded to nearest dollar):
      25% for Breakfast
      30% for Lunch
      45% for Dinner

Foreign

  1. Click on this link: USDOS Foreign Per Diem Rates
  2. From the drop down menu select the country of travel. Click Go
  3. From the list find the Locality or Post Name for the city of destination.
  4. If the city is not on the list, use the entry for that “Other
  5. Look for the dates of travel
  6. Maximum Lodging Rate is the allowable amount for the entire night’s lodging for one person, including taxes/fees
  7. M & IE Rate is the allowable meals and incidentals amount for one person, per day
    • This can be split per meal by percentage (rounded to nearest dollar):
      25% for Breakfast
      30% for Lunch
      45% for Dinner
 

 

 

Page Updated 11.10.2014