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2016 Minimum Wage Announced

In Washington State, each year the Department of Labor and Industries calculates the state minimum wage.

Washington’s minimum wage for 2016 is $9.47 per hour.

$9.47 per hour is the same minimum wage as Washington had in 2015.


Minimum wage in this country is set by federal, state, and local jurisdictions.

State and local jurisdictions can set a higher but not a  lower rate than the current federal minimum wage. As of January 2016 the federal minimum is $7.25
 “Federal minimum wage”


The city of Seattle has a minimum wage minimum between $10.50 and $13.00 an hour depending upon employer size and whether the employer contributes to health care.
“Seattle minimum wage”


L&I enforces the state’s wage-and-hour laws. The agency investigates all wage-payment complaints it receives, as required by state law. More information on Washington’s minimum wage is available at Employers and workers also may call 360-902-5316 or 1-866-219-7321 to speak with L&I. 

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