The state’s minimum wage is going up.
On Jan. 1, the hourly rate will increase 48 cents to $8.55, according to a release today by the Department of Labor and Industries. The annual reassessment of the wage is mandated by a decade-old voter initiative.
L&I annually reevaluates the wage based on changes to the Consumer Price Index as prepared by the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information on how the wage is calculated, click here.
The CPI increased 5.9 percent during the 12 months ending in August, compared to a 1.8 percent increase during the same period of 2007. Following that increase, the state’s minimum wage rose 14 cents per hour.
Washington’s minimum wage applies to workers in both agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, although 14- and 15-year-olds may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $7.27, said today’s release.
For more information, visit www.wages.lni.wa.gov/ or call 360-902-5316 or 1-866-219-7321.