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Minimum Wage

The 2017 Washington Minimum Wage Is $11

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 ($9.35).

Initiative 1433 changes the state minimum wage and will require employers to provide employees with paid sick leave. Read more information regarding Initiative I-1433 passed by Washington voters in 2016.

Washington's 2018 minimum wage will be $11.50 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Workers who are 14 or 15 years old may be paid 85% of the adult minimum wage, or $9.78 per hour.

 

 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.)

Coming soon! A revised Your Rights as a Worker poster will be mailed to all Washington State employers in November 2017. The updated poster will include 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 Lni.wa.gov/Wages. Employers and workers also may call 360-902-5316 or 1-866-219-7321.

Common questions about minimum wage

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