Washington has increased its minimum wage to $8.55 on January 1, 2009, increasing 48 cents compared with last year. The new act not only apply to non-agricultural jobs but agricultural jobs
With the updating this time, the minimum wage of Washington is still the highest minimum wage among all the states in United States.
Initiative 688, approved by voters in 1998, requires the Labor and Industrial adjust the minimum wage each year according to the changes in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. The Consumer Price Index cover the past 12 months ending on August 31. The mentioned index went by 5.9 percent during at the end of August 2008.