The City of Tacoma has announced that, as of Jan. 1, 2020, employers are now required to use the state’s higher minimum wage of $13.50.

The City decided to repeal the local municipal code and invoke the statewide standard, after the statewide minimum wage exceeded the city’s for the first time since its implementation. Beginning in 2020, the minimum wage increased by $1.15, from $12.35 to $13.50.

Most agricultural and non-agricultural jobs qualify for the minimum wage. As noted by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, employers can pay some workers less than the state minimum wage, including minors who are 14 or 15 years old who may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $11.48 per hour.

Starting in September 2020, L&I will make a cost-of-living adjustment to the minimum wage based on the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). This new minimum wage will take effect Jan 1, 2021, and yearly thereafter.

For more information on the state’s policies around minimum wage, visit this website.