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03 Nov

November 2021: Washington State Minimum Wage Increasing in 2022

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Update Applicable to:

All employers operating in the state of Washington.

What happened?

On September 30, 2021, Washington State’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced that the state’s minimum wage will be increasing by 5.83%.

What are the details?

Starting January 1, 2022, Washington State’s current minimum wage will be increasing by 5.83%, based on the L&I’s calculation from the Consumer Price Index Summary.

  • Employees ages 16 and up will have their minimum wage increased from $13.59 to $14.49.

  • Under state law, employers can pay 85% of the minimum wage to workers ages 14-15. For 2022, the wage for that younger group will be $12.32 per hour.

  • Salaried exempt employees will have their wages increased based on the “Salary threshold implementation schedule” provided by L&I.

For more information, please see the links below:

Department of Labor & Industries news release

Consumer Price Index

Salary threshold implementation schedule


What do employers need to do?

Employers should review the information above and prepare to make changes to their payroll system to comply with the upcoming wage increase.