Who earns the minimum wage? The facts

Who earns the minimum wage? The facts - MarketWatch

• 2.99 million — The number of people in 2014 who earned at or below the federal minimum. That’s down 9.3% from 2013, partly because of increases in 17 states. It’s also the lowest level in six years.


2% — The share of total U.S. workers in 2014 who earned at or below the federal minimum wage.


• 1.04 million — The number of minimum-wage employees who work full time (35 hours or more).


• 0.7% — The share of full-time U.S. workers earning at or below the minimum wage.


By occupation and education
• 50.2% — Share of minimum-wage workers in food preparation and related “hospitality” industries. No other sector comes close.