A new year means better pay for minimum-wage workers in many states. In Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee is making another pitch for raising the minimum wage. It's already the highest in the nation at $9.32 an hour.
The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour.
Here's a look at the 10 states with the highest minimum wages as of 2013:
8. (tie) California -- $8/hour
California's minimum wage increased by 50 cents to $8 an hour in 2008. Under a new law enacted in September 2013, the hourly rate will increase to $9 on July 1, 2014, and to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016.
8. (tie) Colorado -- $8/hour
Colorado's minimum wage rose by 22 cents beginning in January 2014, the fourth consecutive year of minimum wage increases.
8. (tie) Massachusetts -- $8/hour
Massachusetts has had a minimum wage of $8 an hour since 2008. With time-and-a-half on Sundays (for retail workers only), the Sunday minimum wage is $12 an hour.
8. (tie) New York -- $8/hour
The minimum wage in New York jumped to $8 an hour from $7.25 an hour in 2014, and is set to increasein stages to $9 an hour over the next three years.
8. (tie) Rhode Island -- $8/hour
Nearly 10,000 Rhode Islanders got an automatic raise beginning in 2014, when the state increased its minimum wage to $8 an hour.
5. (tie) Illinois -- $8.25/hour
Illinois' minimum wage has historically increased along with the federal rate, until 2004, when the state's wage was raised to $5.50 per hour, ahead of the national rate.
5. Nevada (tie) -- $8.25/hour
Nevada's minimum wage is $8.25 per hour for those without employer-provided health insurance. For those with insurance, it is $7.25 -- the same as the federal rate.
5. (tie) New Jersey -- $8.25/hour
New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question in November that raised the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour in 2014 and amended the state Constitution to tie future increases to inflation.
4. Connecticut -- $8.70/hour
With a median household income of $66,452 in 2010, Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states in the country, and its minimum wage reflects that.
3. Vermont -- $8.73/hour
Vermont's minimum wage increases at the same rate as the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the preceding year, meaning an increase to $8.60 per hour in 2013.
2. Oregon -- $9.10/hour
Oregon's minimum wage increased by 30 cents in 2012, which was three times as much as it has increased between 2010 and 2011, and then rose again to $8.95 in 2013. It jumped another 15 cents in 2014.
1. Washington -- $9.32/hour
Washington became the first state to pay minimum wage workers more than $9 an hour in 2012, when its minimum wage went up by 37 cents an hour.