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What hours are minors under 18 allowed to work in agricultural jobs?

Check the chart below for the hours 12 through 17 year-olds can work in agricultural jobs.

Find out how to apply for a variance to these requirements, if necessary.

Hours and Schedules Minors are Permitted to Work in Agricultural Jobs
  Hours a Day Hours a Week Days a Week* Begin Quit
12 and 13 year-olds
Non-school weeks 8 hours 40 hours 6 days 5 a.m. 9 p.m.
Note: 12 and 13 year-olds are allowed to work only during non-school weeks hand-harvesting berries, bulbs, cucumbers and spinach.
14 and 15 year-olds
School weeks
8 hours Non-school days
3 hours 21 hours
6 days
7 a.m.
(6 a.m. in animal agriculture and irrigation)
8 p.m.
Non-school weeks 8 hours 40 hours 6 days 5 a.m. 9 p.m.
* Exception: 14- and 15-year-olds are allowed to work 7 days a week in dairy, livestock, hay harvest and irrigation during school and non-school weeks.
16 and 17 year-olds
School weeks
8 hours Non-school days
4 hours 28 hours
6 days
5 a.m.
10 p.m.
(No later than 9 p.m. on more than 2 consecutive nights before a school day.)
Non-school weeks 10 hours 50 hours
(60 hours per week in mechanical harvest of peas, wheat and hay)
6 days 5 a.m. 10 p.m.
* Exception: 16 and 17 year-olds are allowed to work 7 days a week in dairy, livestock, hay harvest and irrigation during school and non-school weeks.

For more information see the L&I publication:
Young Workers in Agriculture. (F700-096-909)

For more detail, see L&I Administrative Policy:
Acrobat PDF file School Week and Work Week for Minors (ES.C.4.1). (134 KB PDF)

For more detail, see Washington Administrative Code:
Agriculture Employment Rules (WAC 296-131).

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