Fix the minimum wage—income for a minimum-wage breadwinner for a family of four is $7,000 below the federal poverty line

by Elizabeth Rose

In most states, working full-time in a minimum-wage job pays $7.25 per hour. That’s just $15,000 a year for full-time work. It’s not enough to live on. In fact, a breadwinner for a family of four earning the minimum wage would be a full $7,000 below the federal poverty line.