Special Report

41 Places With a Higher Minimum Wage This Year

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41. Washington
> New minimum wage: $12.00
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $11.50

Washington state voters approved in 2016 an incremental annual increase to the minimum hourly wage over three years, until the minimum wage reaches $13.50 at the start of 2020. The law also approved giving employees at least an hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.