OLYMPIA, WA—  As of January first 2019 minimum wage  in the state went to $12.00 an hour.  Last year it was $11.50 and by 2020 it goes to $13.50 per hour.  After that it will be calculated related to the cost of living.  the state had use the cost of living index previously until voters passed Initiative 14-33 in 2016 .  Three other areas of the state including Seattle have a higher minimum wage.