Washington has the highest minimum wage in the country, followed by Oregon. The Beaver State's minimum wage also is set to increase 15 cents to $8.95 per hour in 2013.
The Washington state minimum wage increase is the result of a 1.67 percent rise in the consumer price index. And the CPI was pushed higher due to higher gasoline prices, which rose an average of 9 percent over the past year. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
Here's how Washington's minimum wage has changed over the years, according to L&I data: