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Old 10-20-12, 07:04 PM   #1
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What was the minimum wage when you started working???

It was $3.85 back when I entered the work force in '82. Although I was only doing a part time job in Grade 10.

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I think it was 3.25 for me.
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My first job was washing dishes part time while I was in high school. Paid $1.75 an hour, minimum in 1972 or so.
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My first job was cleaning bathrooms at a gym. Talk about a good job to motivate me to do better.
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When I started as an apprentice in 73 I was earning just under $1 per hour.
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Old 10-20-12, 07:17 PM   #6
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$5.50 in 2004, for IL, which I understand is usually higher than the national.
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Old 10-20-12, 07:26 PM   #7
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I have no recollection what so ever.
My first job was bus boy/dish washer at the steakhouse when I was 12-13 (god have mercy, that was over 30 years ago).
IIRC my pay check was about $70 a week.
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Old 10-20-12, 07:30 PM   #8
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Beats the heck out of me...I think I got paid $2 or $3 an hour to be a bag boy at the Big Apple grocery store. I think that was above min. wage, but not sure.
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This will help

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Interesting that the Fed's set the min wage. I would have thought that the individual States would set their own minimum wages. There must be some serious regional differences in jobs???

In Canada, the provinces set their own Minimum Wages. http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wi....aspx?lang=eng
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$2.65
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I think it was $1.25 at Sap's Buffeteria in 1972. I was 12 and the dishwasher.
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$5.25 at a dry cleaner in Phoenix, talk about hot!
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Interesting that the Fed's set the min wage. I would have thought that the individual States would set their own minimum wages. There must be some serious regional differences in jobs???

In Canada, the provinces set their own Minimum Wages. http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wi....aspx?lang=eng
States can set their own local minimum wages, as long as they are not below the federal minimum.
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$4.75 in TN in 1996. It's almost twice that currently in WA.
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I think it was about $2.50 when I worked at Jack In The Box flipping burgers.
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Old 10-20-12, 08:31 PM   #17
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i think it was 6 or 7. I can't remember.
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$1.60. I started at $2.09 working swing on a cannery cleanup crew. 14 years old.
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50c per hour back in 1950 as parking lot attendant for movie theatre.
Made more $ on the side letting folks park that were not going to the theatre.
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Old 10-20-12, 08:57 PM   #20
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3 something in 1976. One of the neighbors who owned a large production bakery hit me with his car. Wrote off my bike so he bought me a new one and gave me a job driving a forklift at 11.20/hr. I was in 10th grade and my Dad was charging me $300/ month room and board.
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Old 10-20-12, 09:04 PM   #21
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My first gig was as a bag boy in AZ. I pulled down $2.86. Minimum was $3.35, IIRC, but bag boys were considered tipped employees so the stores totally screwed them. I usually got tipped a couple of quarters per 25 hour work week. Woot!
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Old 10-20-12, 09:14 PM   #22
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Minimum wage, $5.35/hr, grocery clerk, 1985.
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60c per hour for fencing, stump burning and loading trucks out west in about 1970.
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$3.35 back in '88 or '89- same for both years, but don't recall which year I started working a job that required reporting taxes to. I do, however, remember that gig was at Hardee's.
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The first job I had that paid with an actual payroll check paid $4.25 an hour.
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