Wage and salary workers in the U.S. paid minimum wage 1979-2018

This statistic displays the number of wage and salary workers in the United States paid hourly rates at the prevailing Federal minimum wage from 1979 to 2018. In 1979, about 3.99 million workers were paid hourly rates at the official minimum wage. In 2018, about 434,000 workers were paid hourly rates at the prevailing minimum wage. The prevailing Federal minimum wage was 7.25 U.S. dollars per hour in 2018.

Number of wage and salary workers in the United States paid hourly rates at the prevailing Federal minimum wage from 1979 to 2018

Number of workers in thousands
2018434
2017542
2016701
2015870
20141,255
20131,532
20121,566
20111,677
20101,820
2009980
2008286
2007267
2006409
2005479
2004520
2003545
2002567
2001656
2000898
19991,146
19981,593
19971,764
19961,861
19951,956
19942,132
19932,625
19922,982
19912,906
19901,096
19891,790
19882,608
19873,229
19863,461
19853,899
19844,125
19834,261
19824,148
19814,311
19804,686
19793,997
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Release date

November 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1979 to 2018

Age group

16 years and over

Supplementary notes

The prevailing Federal minimum wage was $2.90 in 1979, $3.10 in 1980, and $3.35 in 1981–89. The minimum wage rose to $3.80 in April 1990, to $4.25 in April 1991, to $4.75 in October 1996, to $5.15 in September 1997, to $5.85 in July 2007, to $6.55 in July 2008, and to $7.25 in July 2009. The prevailing Federal minimum wage was $7.25 per hour in 2018.
Wage and salary workers, excluding incorporated self employed

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