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Document and Entity Information

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Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2019  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Trading Symbol BBSI  
Entity Registrant Name BARRETT BUSINESS SERVICES INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000902791  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business false  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   7,469,780
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity File Number 0-21886  
Entity Tax Identification Number 520812977  
Entity Address, Address Line One 8100 NE Parkway Drive  
Entity Address, Address Line Two Suite 200  
Entity Address, City or Town Vancouver  
Entity Address, State or Province Washington  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 98662  
City Area Code 360  
Local Phone Number 828-0700