Minimum Wage Information

2018 State of Washington Minimum Wage Rates

The state Department of Labor & Industries announced that the state of Washington minimum wage for 2018 will increase to $11.50 per hour effective January 1, 2018.

Initiative I433, approved by Washington voters in the 2016 election, requires minimum wage increases to be phased in through 2020.

  • $11.50 January 1, 2018
  • $12.00 January 1, 2019
  • $13.50 January 1, 2020

Beginning in 2020, minimum wage will be calculated annually by Labor & Industries as required by Initiative 688.

WA State Department of Labor & Industries Minimum Wage information.

Additional Information

Seattle, Tacoma and the City of SeaTac have higher minimum wage rates than the state minimum. For employees working in those areas, the local minimum wage rate applies as long as it remains higher than the state minimum. Departments that have employees physically working in these cities must ensure that they are paid in accordance with the city ordinance. Departments are to monitor their current employees to determine if the work location and pay rate are correct and make necessary adjustments.

In accordance with the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance, the minimum wage for WSU employees working in the City of Seattle only is $15.45 per hour effective January 1, 2018.

In accordance with the Tacoma Minimum Wage Ordinance, the minimum wage for all employees working in the City of Tacoma only is $12.00 per hour effective January 1, 2018.

In accordance with the City of SeaTac Minimum Employment Standards Ordinance, the minimum wage for all employees working in the City of SeaTac only is $15.64 per hour effective January 1, 2018.

Cities of Seattle, Tacoma, and SeaTac

More information regarding the City of Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance can be found at:

More information regarding the City of Tacoma Minimum Wage Ordinance can be found at:

More information regarding the City of SeaTac Minimum Employment Standards Ordinance can be found at:

Required Posters

Washington State University is required to display state and federal labor law notices and posters regarding employment rights including information related to minimum wage. Information regarding required workplace notices is available at: Required Workplace Posters.

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