Minimum Wage Survey: Majority of Americans Have Worked Minimum Wage Jobs

Fast food workers around the country are staging protests in an attempt to gain higher wages and the ability to unionize without retribution from their employers. The debate over minimum wage in America is not a new one. But how many Americans have worked minimum wage jobs at some point? And how many think the wages are fair?

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Fair Wages

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, just 18% of respondents said they think the current minimum wage for US workers is fair. 60% said they do not think the minimum wage is fair. 13% are undecided. And 9% said they don’t know what the current minimum wage is.

Just 6% of respondents said they currently work for minimum wage. 74% said they have worked for minimum wage in the past. And 20% said they have never worked for minimum wage. Those who have worked for minimum wage were actually 1% more likely to think the rate is fair, but they were 5% more likely to find the current minimum wage to be unfair.

Raising Wages

Fast food workers often start out making minimum wage, but those taking part in protests are hoping to gain higher wages, up to $15 an hour in some cases. However, just 18% of respondents said they think fast food workers should make $15 an hour. 51% said they don’t think fast food workers should make $15 an hour, but they should make more than they do now. 23% said they don’t think fast food workers should make more than they do now. And 9% are undecided.

Unionization

The other aspect of the protests is the right to unionize without retaliation. 38% of respondents said they definitely think that workers at places like fast food restaurants should be able to unionize. 39% said they think minimum wage workers should be able to unionize in some cases. And 23% said they don’t think minimum wage workers should have the ability to unionize without retaliation.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: Press conference on raising the minimum wage from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on August 31 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Pilon
Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.