Highlights from 104 in-depth interviews:
63% made wages at or above President Obama’s proposed increase to the minimum wage.
* base wage for restaurant worker.
Annual Job Compensation
48% of the workers reported hourly wages that exceeded the $11.73 low-wage threshold.
44% of workers said that they were completely satisfied with their wages.
"Low-Wage" Threshold Hourly Wage*
48% Above threshold
52% Below threshold
* Hourly wages were converted to 2010 dollars before being compared to the 2010 low-wage threshold of $11.73.
These jobs are important to economic security. 58% of workers noted that their salaries contributed more than 50% of total household income.
Contribution of Job
to Household Income
Like many lower-wage workers, relatively few of those interviewed received benefits such as paid vacation, sick leave and health insurance. However, all of the workers in this study noted that they had the flexibility to take off days for personal reasons or due to illness, without fear of losing their jobs.
- Many workers explicitly stated a willingness to accept the level of wages and benefits in return for other attributes of the job they found important.
- 80% of workers say they have stable schedules, and 87% say their schedules are flexible.
- 1/3 of workers cite their work environment and co-workers as the best part of their job.
- 67% see definite opportunities for growth at the microenterprise.
- 67% of workers 18-45 years old said they were interested or somewhat interested in starting their own business.
- 29% work more than one job.
- 94% understood how their job directly contributed to the success of the business.