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2017 State of Washington Minimum Wage Rates

The state Department of Labor & Industries announced that the state of Washington minimum wage for 2017 will increase to $11.00 per hour effective January 1, 2017.

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

  • $11.00 January 1,2017
  • $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 Initative 688.

Additional Information

http://www.lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRights/Wages/Minimum/default.asp

In accordance with the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance, the minimum wage for all employees working in the City of Seattle only will increase to $15.00 per hour effective January 1, 2017.

In accordance with the Tacoma Minimum Wage Ordinance, the minimum wage for all employee working in the City of Tacoma only will increase to $11.15 per hour effective January 1, 2017.

Departments that have employees physically located in the City of Seattle and the City of Tacoma 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.

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.

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

http://hrs.wsu.edu/Seattle-Minimum-Wage-Increase
http://www.seattle.gov/civilrights/labor-standards/minimum-wage
http://www.seattle.gov/civilrights/labor-standards/minimum-wage/rules

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

http://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/minimum-wage-information/tacoma-minimum-wage/

http://www.cityoftacoma.org/cms/one.aspx?objectId=89891
http://cms.cityoftacoma.org/finance/minimum-wage/minimum-wage-rules.pdf

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

http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/index.aspx?page=681

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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