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Minimum Wage: Washington

Minimum Wage requirements for other states

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.