When the minimum wage falls short, women pay the price. Why? Because women represent more than two in three minimum wage workers across the country, and three-quarters or more of minimum wage workers in seven states. Today, the federal minimum wage is just $7.25 per hour, and full-time earnings of $14,500 a year leave a family of three thousands of dollars below the federal poverty line. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia currently have minimum wages above the federal level, but in most states, the minimum wage still leaves working people struggling to make ends meet, even when they work full time.
Click on a state below to see its statewide minimum wage and tipped minimum wage, plus the share of minimum wage workers who are women.