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$5.15!

November 21st, 2006 at 03:27 am

An idea from TinapBeana, it's amazing that the minimum wage hasn't changed! When I was a freshman in college (back in 1998), I got paid $5.15 for doing clerical tasks at admissions office. That was hard enough to pay for expenses and everything else. 8 years have passed, I'm sure a lot of things have gone up in prices (just look at gasoline). I jump to Federal Reserve Bank for a quick calculation, the inflation-adjusted amount should be $6.40.

The state of New Jersey minimum wage is $7.15. What's the minimum wage in your state? How about tipped employees?

18 Responses to “$5.15!”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    When I started working, minimum wage was $2.65 per hour...that was in California back in '78.

    Min wage here in Oregon 2006 is $7.50. Oregon employers may not offset wages with tips.

  2. Thrifty Ray Says:

    here is a link that may be of interest for all min wage amounts

    http://www.dol.gov/esa/minwage/america.htm

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Ours here in Washington state is $7.63. I believe we are currently the highest in the nation. I think there are rumblings to raise it to $8.00 but its hard to say. They usually raise it by weird amounts, like 11 cents or something. I'm not sure about the waiters and waitresses. I don't think they can offset wages here, either.

    I do know they have different rates though for farm work, you can still get paid by the pound of fruit or veggies you pick.

  4. rduell Says:

    Ours in PA is going from $5.15 to $6.25 on January 1st of next year to $7.15 on July 1st.

    I've been working with some of our libraries to adjust their budgets for next year to account for this. Unfortunately, not all boards will also raise the other employees' wages accordingly. So an assistant who shelves books will be making almost as much as the library director who has all the responsibility.

  5. tinapbeana Says:

    yeah, SC is currently $5.40 i think... GAH!!!! granted, we're a low cost-of-living state, but not THAT low...

  6. paigu Says:

    I still shake my head at NJ cost of living. Also, many towns (unfortunately, mine included) are fighting laws that insist they build low-cost housing because it brings down the "image" of the town. Stupid. That's also their excuse for jacking up rent in my area.

  7. Ima saver Says:

    When I started waitressing in 1985, we got paid $2.01 an hour. Now the waitresses make $2.17 an hour in Ga. Our minimum wage is $5.15.

  8. Broken Arrow Says:

    Wow, I didn't know that the minimum wage hasn't changed....

    That's depressing... and yet also amazing for those who can voluntarily handle such a small amount.

  9. tinapbeana Says:

    yeah, the minimum wage 'increases' over the past say 50 years vs the actual increased price of goods over the past 50 years is absolutely revolting.

    salary has increased 839% since '59. stamps have increased 780%. gas has increased 876% (2.19 vs 0.25 per gal). minimum wage has only increased 515%.

  10. reginaastralis Says:

    $6.40 for min wage, $3.13 for servers here in Florida. I think I make $3.78 at cracker barrel, but they give raises for servers *first serving job I've had that gave raises.*

  11. jersey jen Says:

    * thriftyray

    sounds like even waiters and waitresses get paid $7.50 an hour, great!

  12. jersey jen Says:

    * luckyrobin

    hm...do i want $60 or 25-lb of apples for a day's work?

  13. jersey jen Says:

    * rduell

    don't directors of library make at least $75,000 to $100,000? they can't be making the same.

  14. jersey jen Says:

    * tinapbeana, ima saver, reginaastralis

    i guess in the south (say GA, SC, FL) that minimum wage can be on the low side.

  15. jersey jen Says:

    * Broken Arrow

    what state are you located?

  16. rduell Says:

    jersey jen...Sorry, I had to laugh at the amount you quoted for library directors. :-) Directors of large libraries might make that. Our system is made up of 11 small to medium sized libraries. The librarian that is paid the most makes about $30,000 a year. The others are paid anywhere from $6.25 to $12.00 an hour. More than half of them are paid less than $10.

    When I was the library director here in town I made $7.00 an hour. Since I've left that job I've been in close touch with what's going on because they hired me as their bookkeeper. This year they will finally bring their director's pay up to $9 an hour. And keep in mind that she only works 30 hours a week, so that's not much.

    I think the general public has a misconception of what librarians make since it's considered a part of the education field.

    I often wonder how many small businesses would hire someone to run their company, with all the responsibility that entails and pay them less than $10 an hour? People often don't realize what all librarians do. They often think that they check out books and then read in their spare time. ;-)

    Sorry for the rant...I've just seen too many librarians struggle to make it on the pay the board gives them and the board expect more and more from them.

  17. jersey jen Says:

    * rduell

    oh my, that is surprising! i'd think a title like "director" would have bigger monetary returns. it's not great that education is so important, yet the monetary reward is somewhat lacking.

    libraries are great. i began using the library to save some money on book-buying. being a librarian is tough!

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