Washington will continue to have the highest state minimum wage in the country.
The Department of Labor & Industries announced Monday, Sept. 30 that this state's minimum wage will increase to $9.32 an hour on Jan. 1, 2014. That's a 13-cent increase compared to current rate of $9.19 an hour.
The second-highest state is Oregon, which recently announced its 2014 minimum wage will rise by 15 cents, to $9.10 per hour.
As required by law, L&I annually calculates the state's minimum wage based on the Consumer Price Index and inflation. This is a result of Initiative 688, which was approved by voters in 1998. Washington is one of 10 states that adjust the minimum wage based on inflation and the CPI. The others are Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon and Vermont.
Washington's minimum wage applies to workers in both agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, although 14‑ and 15-year-olds may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $7.92 per hour in 2014.
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.