Washington minimum wage will be $14.49 in 2022

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The Washington State department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced today that the minimum wage in Washington state will see an increase of 80 cents in January. The new statewide minimum wage will be $14.49 per hour, up from $13.69. The threshold that needs to be reached to be exempt from overtime will also be raised to $52,743.60 a year.  


The minimum wage is calculated using the prior 12 months in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. The cities of SeaTac and Seattle will increase their minimum wages in January as well, but they have not announced their 2022 wages yet. Their current hourly minimum wages are $16.57 and $16.69, respectively. The state minimum wage only applies to workers age 16 and older. Under state law, employers can pay 85% of the minimum wage to workers ages 14-15. 

Remember: If you receive the minimum wage and worked during December but are paid in January for that time, then you’ll receive the 2021 minimum wage. You can learn more about Washington’s minimum wage on the L&I website.