Minimum Wage: Washington
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Patrick M. Madden, K&L Gates LLP
Updating Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor
- The Washington state minimum wage is currently $11.50 per hour. Annual increases are scheduled through 2020, at which time the minimum wage will be $13.50. Starting in 2021, and every year thereafter, the minimum wage will be automatically adjusted for inflation. See Overview.
- Some deductions may reduce net pay below minimum wage. See Deductions Below Minimum Wage.
- A few employees may be paid less than the minimum wage. See Subminimum Wages.
- Localities including Seattle, Tacoma and SeaTac have requirements pertaining to the minimum wage. See Local Requirements.