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Minimum wage is ridiculous. There's no way a person can live off of that wage, isn't it only what like $15,000 a year or something? That's below poverty level.

Minimum wage is very low in my state. I think it is $7.25. I feel sorry for people who only make minimum wage because I know that they are struggling. The prices on everything is going up: food, housing, utilities, clothing, etc. Everything is going up except minimum wage. I think every state should enforce at least a $16/hour minimum wage. That would help a lot of families out.

thats what my hubby earns now still isnt enough w/ high cost of everything in sight, its hard even so stripping down much as possible in foods, its not fair americans have to work like dogs forlow paying any job

I think mimum wage should go up some single mom cant make it on what they get and everything keeps going up and some cnt keep there head above water it would help so many that work at the fast food places etc

Minimum wage needs to be more. Problem is if it gets higher it will only cause the cost of everything to go up so, it is a no win for all. I wish there was a way to raise it without having to deal with the repercussions

i agree they should be higher and the president insn't helping putting the jobs over seas. more jobs in the states would give higher wages

It is hard to make a go of it on minium wage. Everthing is so expensive these days and its hard to get ahead

There are numerous minimum wage jobs which offer scope for expansion though; the minimum wage life doesn't have to be forever.
Minimum starters can lead to supervisor/management positions if you choose the right career.

I don't understand why people complain that they are only making minimum wage. I know it would be very difficult to survive with only making such little money, but you chose this job! People always have options. I worked minimum wage when I was a teenager, and busted my butt to pay for a college education by myself. Nobody helped me, I did it myself. All so I wouldn't have to settle for anything less, such as minimum wage.

I agree. When you apply for the job its your decision to take the job are not. You know what it consist of. Some people are un grateful. I have seen a time where I wish I could make miniumn wage

in a perfect world minimum wage would be for only teenagers and people transitioning to other jobs but in the real world these jobs are all those that can get them qualify for. Everyone is not able to go to college be it opportunity, intelligence level or just not going. its all part of classism in a way the people that actually work in the factories and get their hands dirty don't get paid as much as the folks at the top who own. but its capitalism you cant have Haves if there are no Have-nots

There are a lot of college grads making minimum wage as they cannot find a job - even though jobs were plentiful in their field when they started college. There are even people with Graduate degrees making minimum wage. Ever take a class from an adjunct professor. They are making less than minimum wage as they are contract employees. I teach at a university and I've seen this first hand. You were lucky to have found a job. It's getting better for my students, but it's not great yet.
But yes my graduates made a choice to take that minimum wage job. They thought it was better than starving.

What's the cost of one hour's tuition at a state university these days? In my state, it's about $300 for state residents. That's more than a person nets in one week working full-time at a minimum wage job.

Cost per credit hour depends on the school and the major. One of the large state universities here charge close to $600 per credit hour (undergrad) some majors. Average is probably between 3 and 400; though I have seen it as low as $175. The fees are also ridiculous. Every single class at my school tacks on a fee. Then the books - which can easily be hundreds of dollars just for the intro classes. Quite expensive and Aid is harder to come by. It's definitely not doable for everyone.

I'm spending about 16K per semester to attend college between room and board, tuition, and food. So a minimum wage job is not going to cut it for me to pay off any of my loans!

Is everyone just making stuff up about minimum wage? lol It wasn't put into place for teenagers getting their first jobs. Minimum wage is meant to be in place so that 1 person can support a family, have a home, etc. Is that possible on today's minimum wage? nope

Yes, a teenager living on minimum wage is more than enough typically. When I was working in a supermarket bakery I was making $8.40 at the most per hour, and that was fine for me. But once I'm out of college trying to pay off my loans, that's just not going to cut it!

Minimum wage might be a good starting place for a teenager who's still in high school but not much else. In most areas it would not pay for decent housing, utilities, clothing, groceries and health care. In my opinion companies should not be permitted to make a profit by employing workers at a wage rate that will keep them in poverty

I have only really had jobs where I was paid minimum wage. I was up to $8.40 at my last job but I had to leave because I left for college. So unfortunate.

You can't live your whole life on a minimum wage especially if you're planning to have a family. If you are still in school, study harder than what you are doing now since education is the great equalizer as my previous teacher said. With it, you'll have better job with higher pay which means better future.

Minimum wage is hard to live on. Everything has gotten impossible to keep ahead of The price of groceries is horrible

It's impossible. I was even almost fifty cents above minimum wage personally not that long ago and I was barely getting by just with having to pay for gas!

You're not supposed to stay at minimum wage all your life. It's meant to be a "starting wage" and then you're supposed to move up over time.

its impossible for anybody to move up in a minimum wage job with no solid incerse of a raise. i know a classmate who gained the high school dip back in 1978 who earn $4.50 per hr back then still has same job just barely earns $7.50 perhr in 2014 and still has no healthcare insurance.

I saw that minimum wage was suppose to go up to $8 something next year. BIG DEAL! Still not a livable wage.

wont be enough for any adult who works for minimum wage and not endup having to live in a dump housing or wrost out of car or the street it self now days

Minimum wage is very difficult to live on.. I can't imagine what Americans deal with especially the waitresses who get paid below MW

Minimum wage is pretty low and an awful way to start working. In my opinion you should go into the trades and get a job in Alberta.

To anyone who doubts that it's impossible to get by on minimum wage, I recommend an excellent book titled Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. To research this book, she took minimum-wage jobs and tried to survive. She talked to myriad ordinary people stuck in the minimum-wage basement. It's eye-opening. View link

It seems like there were a lot of negative reviews for this book.
I just went and looked at them on Amazon.

If you have a family & work full time at minimum wage, you are broke. It is not enough money to live on, scrape by,maybe.Not every job deserves more than min wage but mot do
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I think minimum wage is decent for the people that it was meant for, teens getting their first jobs. I don't understand why people complain about it so much.

I agree that it was meant for teens getting their first jobs. The jobs give them experience and should be something they build off of. I don't think college is always the answer but higher education is of course an advantage to getting a job making more than minimum wage. Motivation can also play a factor.

Back in the old days. Minimum wage used to be fifty cents or less, per hour worked. Now it is about ten dollars an hour. Things and times have changed a lot. I beleive if they raise it anymore. Employers won't be able to hire workers, let alone have any customers.

Minimum wage isn't about ten dollars an hour. And minimum wage has NOT been adjusted to inflation. the price of everything has gone up a lot, but minimum wage hasn't.

I have been able to live off minimum wage perfectly fine. All it takes is living within your means. Many of the people I see complaining have fancy new phones have never used a coupon before and don't know how to budget.

I'm not talking about just a basic phone like I had. I know people who went and bought the new iPhone 6 and then complained that they couldn't make rent that month.

I think its perfectly acceptable for a poor person to have a cell phone even a brand spanking new iPhone. However, if you are struggling very badly to pay for rent and food then I think its time to give up that expensive data plan and downgrade to a different phone.

Minimum wage has been the same for close to 15 years (perhaps longer??) I can't remember. it's been a long time. It hasn't increased with the cost of living. It should at least move up with inflation.

I think that it has only been four or five years since minimum wage has seen an increase? Either way, I know it hasn't been that long.
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