With the passage of Initiative 1433 in Washington State, minimum wage rates will take a big jump over the next few years. Beginning January 1, 2017, the minimum wage rate required to be paid to workers 18 years old and older will increase to $11.00 per hour from the current rate of $9.47 per hour.
The rate will increase to $11.50 per hour in 2018, $12.00 per hour in 2019, and $13.50 per hour in 2020. Subsequent increases will be inflation adjustments.
Starting in 2018, employers will be required to pay sick leave; earned at the rate of one hour per every 40 hours worked.