Travel Services Per Diem

Daily Per Diem Rates

Daily Per Diem Rates include the total of the lodging rate plus the meals and incidentals (M&IE) rate. The rates are set by various state departments based on the locations.

  • The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) sets the CONUS Rates for the continental U.S.
  • The Department of Defense sets the OCONUS Rates for Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territories, and Possessions.
  • The State Department sets Foreign Rates.

The following links contain additional information on per diem rates.

Lodging Rates

CONUS and OCONUS locations do not include taxes. Only the nightly rate needs to be under the per diem amount for that location.

Foreign locations include taxes. The nightly rate, plus associated taxes, needs to be under the per diem amount for that location.

WSU Meal Breakdown

The meal rate used at WSU combines the allowance for meal and incidental expenses into a single rate. To determine the rate for the meals while in travel status, apply the below percentages to the daily M&I rate:

  • 25% for breakfast,
  • 30% for lunch, and
  • 45% for dinner.
Meal Breakdown ( Effective October 1st, 2018)
M&I Total$55.00$56.00$61.00$66.00$71.00$76.00
Breakfast$14.00$14.00$15.00$16.00$18.00$19.00
Lunch$16.00$17.00$18.00$20.00$21.00$23.00
Dinner$25.00$25.00$28.00$30.00$32.00$34.00

Note: This is to be applied to all rate schedules.