WA Minimum Wage to Increase by 13 Cents on Jan. 1, 2014
TUMWATER, Wash. -- The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries says the state's minimum wage will
increase by 13 cents to $9.32 an hour starting January 1, 2014.
passed by voters in 1998 requires L&I to annually adjust the minimum wage
based on changes in the Consumer Price Index, which reflects the cost of goods
and services needed for day-to-day living; that index rose by 1.455% throughout the 2013 calendar year.
The index monitors goods that include
basic living costs such as food, clothing, shelter, fuels and services such as
The state of Washington has the highest minimum wage in the country, followed by
Oregon, where lawmakers recently announced minimum wage will rise to
$9.10 per hour in 2014.
The minimum wage in Washington applies to workers in both agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, but 14 and 15-year-olds may be paid 85% of the adult minimum wage,
or $7.92 per hour in 2014.