Washington’s minimum wage rises to $9.47 an hour

Full-time Washington workers making minimum wage will get an additional $312 in 2015.

The new, higher minimum wage of $9.47 an hour takes effect on Thursday, Jan. 1. It’s a 15-cent increase compared to 2014.

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries calculates the state’s minimum wage each year as required under Initiative 688, which was approved by voters in 1998. L&I uses the federal Consumer Price Index to annually calculate the minimum wage.

The minimum wage applies to workers in all industries, including agriculture, according to a news release from L&I. Youth who are 14 or 15 years old can be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $8.05 an hour.

Washington has the highest state minimum wage in the nation. It’s followed by Oregon, where the minimum wage will increase to $9.25 an hour in 2015.