Washington's minimum wage will climb by 15 cents to $9.47 an hour starting Jan. 1, the Department of Labor & Industries announced Tuesday.
The gains will affect more than 67,000 workers statewide, bringing each about $312 more per year, according to officials.
Washington has the highest state minimum wage in the nation, followed by Oregon, where the minimum wage will increase to $9.25 on Jan. 1. That’s also an additional 15 cents an hour.
The department calculates the state’s minimum wage each year as required by Initiative 688. The increase is based on a 1.59 percent increase in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers over the last 12 months ending Aug. 31.
More information on Washington’s minimum wage is available at Wages.lni.wa.gov. Employers and workers also may call 360-902-5316 or 1-866-219-7321.