Liberty Nation; Today, 80 million Americans over the age of 16 are paid an hourly wage, and just 700,000 of these workers earn the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Despite most Americans earning market rates and many companies, including retail, boosting their starting salaries, there are movements across the country to increase the government-mandated minimum wage, or “living wage.” But is it necessary?
Starting June 4, a “hospitality professional” at a Sacramento Chick-Fil-A franchise will earn $17 or $18 an hour. It is unclear what the position entails, but new or current employees who nab the job can make far more than the $12.50 present workers bring home. more here