Washington minimum wage increases to $9.32 in 2014
Washington state's minimum wage, the highest in the country, will increase to $9.32 an hour in 2014, a hike of 13 cents.
OLYMPIA — Washington state’s minimum wage will increase 13 cents to $9.32 in 2014.
The wage was pegged to inflation under a 1998 initiative.
The state’s minimum wage applies to workers in agriculture and non-agricultural jobs, although 14- and 15-year-olds may be paid 85 percent of the minimum wage.
Initiative 688, approved by Washington voters in 1998, requires the state Department of Labor and Industries to make a cost-of-living adjustment to the minimum wage each year based on the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.
In 1999, the state level was $5.70 an hour, and it has risen every year since.
The state has the highest state minimum wage at $9.19; Oregon’s is next highest at $8.95.
In California, Gov. Jerry Brown recently approved increases from the current $8 an hour to $9 effective July 2014 and $10 effective January 2016.
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25. States can mandate a higher minimum wage than that, but not a lower one.