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What is the minimum wage in Washington?

L&I enforces the state’s minimum wage law. The minimum wage is $8.55 per hour. The state’s minimum wage is recalculated each year in September as a result of an initiative approved by voters in 1998. It tied the minimum wage to changes in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI­W). For the 12 months ending August 2002, the nationwide CPI­W increased 1.6 percent over August 2001. Therefore, Washington’s current minimum wage for 2002 of $6.90 will increase 1.6 percent in 2003, to $7.01. The new wage applies to workers in both agricultural and non­agricultural jobs. Fourteen­ and 15­year­olds may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage.