2021 Minimum Wage Increase

2021 Minimum Wage Increase

January 1, 2021 the minimum wage in Washington state will be increasing from $13.50 to $13.69.  Since 2017 Labor & Industries has increased the minimum wage as a result of Initiative 1433.  As of January 1, 2021 Labor & Industries is required to make a cost-of-living adjustment to the minimum wage federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).  Minimum wage posters from L&I can be found here.

Some local jurisdictions have higher minimum wage rates and different labor rules than Washington state. The higher minimum wage requirements apply in these localities:

  • Seattle: $15.75/hr.
    • In 2021, this increases to $16.69.
  • SeaTac: $16.34/hr.
    • In 2021, this increases to $16.57.



David Carter | Director, Health Care Finance & Policy

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