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.
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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.