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Washington's minimum wage will increase to $9.32 per hour beginning Wednesday January 1, 2014.
The Department of L&I calculates the state's minimum wage each year as required by Initiative 688, approved by Washington voters in 1998. The 13-cent-per-hour increase, from $9.19 to $9.32 an hour, reflects a 1.455 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index.
Washington is one of 10 states that adjust the minimum wage based on inflation and the CPI.
Washington has the highest minimum wage, followed by Oregon, where the minimum wage will rise by 15 cents, to $9.10 per hour.
Washington's minimum wage applies to workers in both agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, although 14‑ and 15-year-olds may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $7.92 per hour in 2014.