Minimum wage increases statewide
Washington’s already highest-in-the-nation minimum wage has increased to $9.32.
State labor officials say the 13-cents per hour increase reflects a change in the consumer price index.
Voters approved an initiative in 1998 that requires the Department of Labor and Industries to make a cost-of-living adjustment to its minimum wage each year based on the federal consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers.
Washington is one of 10 states that adjust the minimum wage based on inflation and the consumer price index.
The state’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 $7.92 per hour in 2014.