Low wage workers are older than you think: 88 percent of workers who would benefit from a higher minimum wage are over 20, one-third are over 40

by David Cooper and Dan Esrow

It is a common myth that very low-wage workers—workers who would see a raise if the minimum wage were increased—are mostly teenagers. The reality is that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would primarily benefit older workers. Eighty-eight percent of workers who would be affected by raising the minimum wage are at least 20 years old, and a third of them are at least 40 years old.