Minimum Wage

The 2018 Washington Minimum Wage Is $11.50

Washington's minimum wage applies to workers in both agriculture and non-agricultural jobs, although 14- and 15-year-olds may be paid 85% of the minimum wage ($9.78).

The minimum wage will increase annually after 2018: $12 in 2019 and $13.50 in 2020.

Initiative 1433 changes the state minimum wage and will require employers to provide employees with paid sick leave.

 News release: New Year brings with it higher minimum wage and paid sick leave for Washington workers.

 Print an announcement of the 2018 minimum wage (40 KB PDF).

 See a history of Washington State's minimum wage by year.


More about Washington's minimum wage

Employers with workers who work in certain local jurisdictions may be subject to a higher minimum wage than the state rate. See information on local minimum wage rates at the links below.

Required poster

Employers are required to post the Your Rights as a Worker (F700-074-909) poster, which provides information about the minimum wage and other topics. This poster is available at no cost from L&I. (A separate minimum wage poster is no longer required.)

A revised Your Rights as a Worker poster was mailed to all Washington State employers in November 2017. The updated poster includes information about the new paid sick leave requirements, approved by Washington voters in November 2016 through Initiative 1433.

More information regarding Washington's wage and hour laws is available at Employers and workers also may call 360-902-5316 or 1-866-219-7321.

Common questions about minimum wage

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Paying certain workers less than minimum wage.

Minimum wage laws and rules

L&I administrative policies

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