Workers in All 50 States Will Need $15 an Hour by 2024 to Afford the Basics

Source: Maya Pinto, National Employment Law Project (NELP), Fact Sheet, May 2017

From the overview:
Think the $15 minimum wage is just a New York and California thing? Cost of living data from the Economic Policy Institute shows that in all fifty states—in both rural and urban areas—$15 an hour is the minimum wage that a single adult working full-time will need by 2024 to cover basic living expenses—including rent, food, transportation, health care, and taxes. And workers in expensive regions, or workers with children, will need even more. The Raise the Wage Act would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024.

Hourly Living Wage in 2024, Fifty States and the District of Columbia
In a new report, NELP Senior Researcher Maya Pinto charts projected hourly living wages by 2024 for rural and urban workers across the country, showing that living wages will be clustered above the $15 mark by the time the Raise the Wage Act would go into effect….

Why Eliminating the Subminimum Wage for Tipped Workers Will Address Inequality: A Resource Guide
Source: NELP & and Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), Fact Sheet, April 2017

There is growing national momentum for raising pay for the nation’s millions of tipped workers such as restaurant servers, food delivery workers, and many others at the heart of industries like tourism and hospitality. Under current federal law, their minimum wage has been frozen at a meager $2.13 per hour since Bill Clinton was president. While employers are supposed to make up the difference when tips are not enough to bring a worker up to the full minimum wage, in practice such tracking is difficult and compliance is spotty.

Why America Needs a $15 Minimum Wage
Source: NELP & the Economic Policy Institute, Fact Sheet, April 26, 2017

The federal minimum wage is just $7.25 and has not increased since 2009. The Raise the Wage Act of 2017 would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, lifting pay for tens of millions of workers and reversing decades of growing pay inequality.