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Washington's Minimum Wage to Increase January 1, 2017

Published on September 28, 2016

On January 1, 2017, Washington state’s minimum wage will increase from $9.47 an hour to $9.53 an hour. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries announced the six-cent increase in a press release last September.

  • The Department of Labor and Industries expects almost 51,000 workers in Washington will be subject to the change. It applies to all jobs, including those in agriculture.
  • This wage increase does not affect cities which have approved higher local minimum wages, including Seattle, Sea-Tac, and Tacoma.
  • The upcoming change also does not account for the possibility that Initiative 1433, a measure on the November ballot, will pass. Initiative 1433 would raise the 2017 minimum wage to $11.00 an hour, phase in a $13.50 minimum wage over the next four years, and require employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees by 2018.


For additional questions on compliance with Washington’s minimum wage laws or how the upcoming changes will affect your business, please contact any member of our Employment Rights, Benefits & Labor Group at Ryan Swanson.

Maddie Davis is an associate in Ryan Swanson’s Litigation and Business groups and can be reached at (206) 654-2238 or [email protected]

This message has been created by the Employment Rights, Benefits & Labor Group at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC to advise of recent developments in the law. Because each situation is different, this information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice on any specific facts and circumstances. Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC is a full-service law firm located in Seattle, Washington.

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