Washington state’s minimum wage, which is already the highest in the country, is set to increase 13 cents to $9.32 per hour on Jan. 1, 2014, according to the state Department of Labor & Industries.
The minimum wage is calculated every year to reflect changes to the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers during a yearlong period that ends Aug. 31.
Next year’s wage is based on a 1.45 percent increase to that consumer price index.
Washington has the highest minimum wage, followed by Oregon’s, which is set to increase 15 cents to $9.10 per hour next year.
Ten states adjust the minimum wage based on inflation and the consumer price index. The national minimum wage is $7.25.
Here are some other minimum wage statistics, according to the U.S. Department of Labor:
• Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have a minimum wage higher than the national minimum wage.
• Twenty-two states have a minimum wage that equals the national minimum wage.
• Four states — Arkansas ($6.25), Georgia ($5.15), Minnesota ($6.15) and Wyoming ($5.15), have a wage lower than the national minimum wage.
• Five states — Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee — have no minimum wage.
L&I has been calculating the state’s minimum since 1998, the year voters approved Initiative 688.
Washington’s minimum wage
2010: $8.55Source: Department of Labor & Industries Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 email@example.com