Let’s keep our perspective

According to the Bureau of Labor, in 2018, 81.9 million workers age 16 and older in the United States were paid at hourly rates, representing 58.5 percent of all wage and salary workers. Among those paid by the hour, 434,000 workers earned exactly the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

About 1.3 million had wages below the federal minimum. Together, these 1.7 million workers with wages at or below the federal minimum made up 2.1 percent of all hourly paid workers.

But that represents about 1.21% of all workers in America.


  1. Also, how many were undocumented immigrants (perhaps using phony SSN). The analysis of any study is only as good as the depth of the study.


  2. I graduated South Gate High School, CA in 1974. I earned $2 per hour at my first job. My apartment rent was $130 per month, so i had to work 65 hours to pay the rent. Today in South Gate, CA apartment rent is $1450 per month, at the current minimum wage of $12, you would have to work 120 hours to pay the rent. Not much left in the budget after that payment. Maybe that is part of the reason debt levels are so high for the average family today. With retirement income of $37,000, I could not afford to live in South Gate or any other city in CA, today. Of course I would not want to live in any city on the east or west cost, been there done that, the cost of living is just to high. I lived in VA for 18 years while in the USAF, never had any extra money in my budget. Now living in Montana and my wife and I have $1346 per month going into our savings account.


  3. Ok.
    First, How many between federal minimum wage and $15?

    Second, go back and confirm how many paid at federal minimum wage or below, or state minimum, if higher.
    Go back


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