Current Minimum Wage in Washington
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the “floor” minimum wage for eligible workers in the U.S. But, many states and some local governments set their own minimum wage. Workers are entitled to be paid the highest minimum wage that applies where they work, whether it is set by federal, state, or local law.
The minimum wage in Washington is $9.47 an hour. Because this is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, employees in Washington must be paid at least $9.47 an hour.
A few local governments in Washington have passed ordinances establishing a higher minimum wage. If you work in one of these areas, you are entitled to earn the higher local minimum wage amount:
- Seattle: $13
- SeaTac (hospitality and transportation workers only): $15.24
- Tacoma: $10.35
The minimum wage may be slighly lower for smaller employers and employers who contribute a certain amount to employee beenfits. Contact your city or county government office to learn the details of your local minimum wage law.