Minimum Wage

The Current 2019 Washington Minimum Wage Is $12.00

Washington's minimum wage applies to workers in both agriculture and non-agricultural jobs, although 14- and 15-year-olds may be paid 85% of the minimum wage ($10.20). In January 2020 the minimum wage will be $13.50.

Future minimum wage

Starting Jan. 1, 2021, minimum wage increases will be calculated by L&I using a formula tied to the rate of inflation (based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers - CPI-W (

 News release: Minimum wage climbs to $12 in 2019 as mandated by voter-approved initiative.

 Print an announcement of the 2019 minimum wage (53 KB PDF).

 See a history of Washington State's minimum wage by year.


More about Washington's minimum wage

Employers with workers who work in certain local jurisdictions may be subject to a higher minimum wage than the state rate. See information on local minimum wage rates at the links below.

Get the required poster

All employers are required to post in their workplace the Your Rights as a Worker (F700-074-909) poster, which provides information about the minimum wage, paid sick leave requirements, and other worker rights. This poster is available at no cost from L&I.

More information regarding Washington's wage and hour laws is available at Employers and workers also may call 360-902-5316 or 1-866-219-7321.

Common questions about minimum wage

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