Washington state’s minimum wage to increase $1.25 in 2023

The 8.66% increase for the next year is related to the cost of common goods, including shelter, food and medical care.

SEATTLE – Washington state’s minimum wage will rise to $15.74 in January, up $1.25 from current levels.

State laws tie Washington’s minimum wage to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) calculates the minimum wage by comparing the August consumer price index year to year.

The 8.66% increase for 2023 is linked to the cost of common goods like housing, food and medical care, according to L&I.

TIED TOGETHER: History of the Minimum Wage in Washington State

The state minimum wage applies to workers aged 16 and over. Workers between the ages of 14 and 15 can earn 85% of that rate, or $13.38 per hour.

Cities are allowed to set higher minimum wages, and both Seattle and SeaTac have higher rates. Tukwila voters will decide in November whether to raise their city’s minimum wage by $3.

Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services

Legislation passed in 2022 will grant new rights and protections to ridesharing, including pay and sick leave provisions.

From January 1st, drivers will see a change in the minimum rideshare fare.

For trips in Seattle, drivers earn either 64 cents per passenger minute and $1.50 per passenger mile, or $5.62, whichever is greater.

For trips outside of Seattle, drivers earn either 37 cents per passenger minute and $1.27 per passenger mile, or $3.26, whichever is greater.

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