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The 2023 Washington Minimum Wage is $12.00 per hour.

Washington Minimum Wage 2023

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The Washington Minimum Wage is currently $12.00 per hour.
The Washington Minimum Wage is greater than the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25 per hour, so employees in Washington are entitled to the higher minimum wage of $12.00 per hour.
Please Note: Eighteen states have raised their minimum wage as of January 1, 2018. Make sure you know any new Washington labor laws.

Washington Minimum Wage Laws

What is the Washington Minimum Wage?

The Washington Minimum Wage is the lowest hourly wage that an employee working in Washington can legally be paid. Both Washington and the federal government have set a legal minimum wage - Washington's is $12.00 per hour, while the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Federal law states that the applicable minimum wage is whichever minimum wage is higher.

Washington Labor Laws

Washington Minimum Wage Exemptions

Certain occupations and employees are exempt from Washington and Federal Minimum Wage regulations, including tipped workers, students in high school and college, and certain disabled workers (with a certificate from the Washington Department of Labor). Read more about exceptions from Washington minimum wage law External Link.

How much do Washington Minimum Wage employees earn?

Full time minimum wage workers in Washington earn a total of $480.00 per week and approximately $24,960.00 per year (based on a 8 hour days and a 260-day work year) before taxes. The federal poverty threshold for a household of two is $14,570 per year.

Washington Overtime Wage Law

All Washington employees working over 40 hours in a work week are entitled an overtime wage of at least 1.5 times their regular hourly pay rate - therefore, the overtime minimum wage in WA is $18.00 per hour. In addition, Washington law requires all employees working over 0 hours in a single day to be paid overtime.
Some workers or employers are exempt from overtime law including independant contractors, seasonal workers, and some farm workers. Contact the Washington Department of Labor for details.

Washington Department of Labor Information

If your employer is paying you less then the Washington minimum wage, if you believe you are owed back wages for unpaid overtime, or your employer is otherwise violating Washington or Federal labor law, the Washington Department of Labor is there to help you.

Call your local office of the Washington Department of Labor, and and they will advocate on your behalf to ensure your employer becomes compliant and you receive any necessary backwages or compensation. Be sure to have recent paystubs, timesheets, employment contracts, and other important documents on hand when you call.

Washington Labor Law Posters

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires all employers in Washington to display the 2023 Washington Minimum Wage poster along with additional labor law compliance posters in a conspicuous place for all employees to read, such as a hallway or breakroom. Failure to display all required labor law posters can result in a fine.
Washington Minimum Wage & Labor Law Poster

Washington All-In-One Labor Law Poster

This professional Washington labor law poster includes all of the posters needed to satisfy both Washington and Federal minimum wage and labor law regulations.

This poster has been updated for 2018, including the recent FMLA poster update. Professionally printed and laminated.

Notice to all employers: Eighteen states have new minimum wages as of January 2018. Please make sure you have the most up-to-date version of your labor law posters.
Free labor law posters: Basic PDF copies of the Federal Minimum Wage posters can be downloaded from the Department of Labor with the links provided below. Please note that additional posters are also required by Federal and Washington law. A professional poster including all required postings can be purchased through the link provided above.
Free Washington Minimum Wage Posters

Minimum Wage Jobs in Washington

With the current state of the economy, a large amount of the new jobs being created in Washington are entry-level, minimum wage positions. Full time, part time, and seasonal minimum wage jobs in Washington External Link can be found through local employment listings or a local job search site. You can use the search box below to find current job listings in your area.
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