Sunday, September 13, 2009

10 Surprising Minimum Wage Jobs

I found this so interesting.


Bike Bubba said...

Notice that only three of the "10 surprising minimum wage jobs" actually list wages at or below the $7.25 minimum wage for even the bottom 10%.

Wonder how many lifeguards are out of work now because they raised it. If operating a pool isn't worth $7/hour or more, they're out of work.

Gabrielle Eden said...

Wow - it's true, it isn't worth even that much to operate a pool or man a beach.

Gabrielle Eden said...

But Bike, those jobs still pay so little for so much - it's amazing!

Bike Bubba said...

Do they really? Let's face facts; except for the mechanic wagse (where I think there is some bait and switch going on), all of the jobs listed are ones where you can be trained for the job in a few months or less. Burger flipper, one day, right?

When you have few or no barriers to entry into a job, it by definition becomes a "fall back" option, and thus necessarily becomes a lower wage job.

Does the lifeguard want to get more money? He needs to learn the pool mechanics. Does the oil change guy need more money? He needs to get certified to do headgaskets and such.

If he doesn't advance in his abilities, I'm not going to have compassion on the guy for his low wages.

Gabrielle Eden said...

Yeh but the reason they are surprising is because of the value of the job. People are saving lives in these jobs, etc.

Bike Bubba said...

We trust lots of people with our lives, really. The guy who grows or processes or food (or waste), the guy who makes or fixes our cars and homes, soldiers and police officers, medical workers (not that many of them well paid), you name it.

And, for that matter, what we call "minimum wage" is a pretty decent wage in over 80% of the world, and the comforts that our poor enjoy today weren't available to royalty just a century ago.

Gabrielle Eden said...

OK, but just try to feed your family and keep a roof over your head.

concerned said...

Some restaurant owners, an owner of an asphalt co were all saying how difficult when you hire people is to actually have them show up.
Perhaps you have to start out with low pay and have the incentive to get raises based on work history.
Also bonuses, profit sharing as incentives for work productivity.
By the time dry-cleaners, beauty shops, corner groceries, nursing homes etc pay rent, taxes, heat electric phone and all the paperwork and accounting that goes with it, it is possible to not be able to afford minimum wage.
My uncle had a drug store a long time ago. He always hired young boys to work there. He would get them well trained. Then the grocer across the street would always hire them away by paying them more because he knew they were good workers if they had worked for my uncle.
My husband has a friend who has a parts store. Sometimes customers are very past due, yet the govt requires him to pay taxes on the items sold, even though he hasnt been paid.
It is a cruel world out there, thus the necessity for not dropping out of school.
If you dont earn enough, then its public transportation etc.

Gabrielle Eden said...

Interesting discussion spurred on by this article. I'd like to have this article to show my co-workers so they can appreciate what they have. I think it is indeed expensive to run a business!