No one can afford rent anywhere in the state on the current minimum wage. Washington state needs a raise.
The latest report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition looks at the hourly wages a full-time worker would need to afford a fair market rate 2-bedroom apartment. In Washington state, our current minimum wage of $9.47 wasn’t even close.
Here’s what your hourly wage needs to be in order to afford a 2-bedroom apartment:
- Yakima $14.60
- Spokane $15.17
- Vancouver $23.23
- Tri-Cities $16.17
- Bellingham $17.50
- Tacoma $21.65
- Bremerton $19.52
This is just another reason why we are fighting to raise the statewide minimum wage.