March 6, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Characteristics of minimum wage workers in 2011

Percent of hourly paid workers with earnings at or below the prevailing Federal minimum wage by selected characteristics, 2011 annual averages
Characteristic Percent at or below the Federal minimum wage

Total

5.2

Age

 

Workers aged 16-19

22.8

Workers aged 20-24

9.5

Workers aged 25 and over

3.2

Sex

 

Men

3.9

Women

6.4

Race or ethnicity

 

White

5.1

Black or African American

6.1

Asian

3.3

Hispanic or Latino

5.4

Educational attainment

 

Less than a high school diploma

11.1

High school graduates, no college

4.6

Some college or associate degree

5.1

Bachelor's degree and higher

2.2

Marital status

 

Married, spouse present

2.4

Never married

9.2

Other marital status (married, spouse absent; divorced; separated; and widowed persons)

4.2

Full- and part-time status

 

Usual full-time workers

2.4

Usual part-time workers (fewer than 35 hours per week)

12.6

These data are featured in the TED article, Characteristics of minimum wage workers in 2011.

 

 

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