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2017 Minimum Wage Announced

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

Washington’s minimum wage for 2017 is $11.00 per hour.

$9.47 per hour was the minimum wage in Washington in 2016.

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 2017 the federal minimum is $7.25
 “Federal minimum wage”

As of January 2017 the city of Seattle has a minimum wage minimum between $11.00 and $15.00 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 Wages.lni.wa.gov. Employers and workers also may call 360-902-5316 or 1-866-219-7321 to speak with L&I. 

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