How Much Was YOUR Minimum Wage?

Do you remember working for minimum wage in your teens? How much was it, and where did you work? Share your recollections here.

Californians make $8 an hour minimum wage, a rate that has held steady since January 2008. Federally, the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Rep. George Miller wants it to be raised to $10.10. 

It might not sound like a lot of money. But if you were working your first job flipping burgers or washing cars in the '60s, you would have been earning $1.60 an hour — the federal minumum wage in 1968. If you worked in California, you would have been getting 5 cents more.

Today, the state with the lowest minimum wage is Wyoming at $5.15 an hour. Washington State, meanwhile, pays its employees the highest rate in the country — $9.19 an hour.

If you time-traveled back to the 1930s when the first minimum wage was established in America, you'd be earning a quarter an hour.

Do you remember working for minimum wage? What was it? Where did you work? Share your experience below.

Virgilia Ann Shearer-Rudolph March 06, 2013 at 03:31 AM
I worked as a medical assistant in 1962 & 1963 for an Oakland doctor. My minimum wage was $1.15. It wasn't much then either.


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