Minimum wage going up in 2022
State wage doubles Federal minimum wage amount
Last updated 12/29/2021 at 11:35am
Workers in Washington in a variety of jobs will get a boost in their paychecks starting next year.
As of Jan. 1, Washington workers must earn at least $14.49 per hour. That wage includes a 5.83% increase in the Consumer Price Index because of higher costs for gas, housing and food.
The state minimum wage applies to workers age 16 and older. Under state law, employers may pay 85% of the minimum wage to workers under 16, which will be $12.32 per hour in 2022.
For several years, Washington has had the highest minimum wage in the country, but it will be surpassed by California in January, where the minimum wage goes to $15 an hour for employers with 26 or more employees. For employers with fewer employees, the minimum wage will be $14.
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