Should Tipped Workers Get a Raise?

June 28, 2012

Waitress Taking Order

While the federal minimum wage is currently at $7.25 an hour at the national average, minimum wage has risen several times over the years. However the minimum wage for tipped employees has been the same since 1991 and is still at $2.13 per hour. Is this fair? I know very few people who can live off of this kind of income especially if they have children.

Scenario; if a full time waitress was making $2.13 per hour and worked 40 hrs per week she would earn $17.04 per day, if you would add average tips to that of $25 per day = $42.04 per day. All tipped workers should be getting at least minimum wage from their employers if they don’t earn enough in tips. How many honest employers out there do think would do this? I think that tipped workers should get at the very least a cost of living increase in wages.

I signed the petition for tipped workers to get a raise from the current minimum wage rate of $2.13 per hour.


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