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Employers in Washington must conform with these state rules regarding the minimum wage paid to employees.
Effective January 1, 2014, employees who are 18 years of age and older must be paid at least $9.32 per hour in Washington ($9.19 per hour for 2013; $9.04 per hour for 2012). This rate may increase via inflation adjustments annually.
Washington's minimum wage law applies to employees, except individuals employed:
Minors. Workers who are 14 or 15-years-old may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage.
Authorized lower rates. The director of the Department of Labor and Industries may issue a special certificate authorizing an employer to pay less than the applicable minimum wage rate to:
Salaried workers. The payment of a salary does not in and of itself exempt a worker from minimum wage and overtime requirements.