WASHINGTON — Minimum wage will increase to $12 per hour on Jan. 1, 2019.
The new rate applies to most jobs in Washington, including agricultural jobs. However, there is an exception for workers who are under 16 that allows employers to pay them 85 percent of minimum wage. That works out to $10.20 per hour, according to the state Department of Labor and Industries.
The cities of Sea-Tac, Seattle and Tacoma have their own minimum wages.
The wage-change is the result of Initiative 1433, which voters approved in 2016. It set a four-year schedule for increasing the minimum wage. In 2020, it will climb to $13.50. After that, L&I will calculate the wage using a formula tied to the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. Complete information about the minimum wage is available on L&I’s website (L&I.wa.gov), including details about handling overtime, rest breaks and meals.