Washington to Increase Minimum Wage to $9.04 per hour as of January 1, 2012

The Department of Labor & Industries announced that the state’s minimum wage will increase by 37 cents to $9.04 an hour starting January 1st, 2012. The state recalculates the wage each September based on the “CPI-W,” which is a national consumer price index covering the cost of goods and services needed for day-to-day living. That index rose 4.258% during the 12 months ending August 31, 2011.

Washington is one of 10 states that adjusts the minimum wage based on inflation and the CPI. The others are Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, and Vermont.

Washington state has the highest minimum wage, followed by Oregon. Oregon recently announced that its minimum wage will rise 30 cents to $8.80 an hour in 2012.

These increases in minimum hourly wages will also increase the overtime pay rate for employees.  At a regular hourly rate of $9.04 per hour, a worker’s overtime pay rate will be $13.56 per hour ($9.04 x 1.5 = $13.56).

For more information on Washington’s wage laws, contact our firm or  The Department of Labor & Industries at Wages.Lni.wa.gov.

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