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Wages at McDonalds-not enough to live on

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McDonalds’ suggested budget for employees shows just how impossible it is to get by on minimum wage

McDonald’s has partnered with Visa to make a website dedicated to showing its employees how to properly budget their meager peasant salaries. However, what it actually does is illustrate the fact that it is nearly impossible to get by on minimum wage, as shown in this “example” budget chart:

Screen shot 2013 07 15 at 9.29.08 AM McDonalds suggested budget for employees shows just how impossible it is to get by on minimum wage

Yeah– now, when I first saw that, I assumed that the top line was for a part-time McDonald’s employee. Then I got out my calculator– that is actually what you would make if you were working full-time at McDonald’s. 1,105 dollars a month.

Now let’s say that the “second” job that they budget in here (feels like cheating, but OK) is also minimum wage. That would mean you were working about 62 hours a week, on average. Oh, wait. That’s if they live in Illinois where the minimum wage is $8.25. The national minimum wage is $7.25. That translates to 74 hours a week. That’s almost a whole other full time job.

And what do you get for working 74 hours a week? Well, you don’t get heat, clearly. There’s a big ol’ zero next to the heat in that chart. In my building– we have separate checks for gas and electric– that would mean that not only do you not get to heat and cool your home, but also that you do not get to heat your water, or cook on your stove, if you have a gas stove (I do).

Also noticeably absent in this budget? Food. And gas. There’s a line for a car payment, but not for gas. Which is suspect, because if you’re working two jobs it’s possible you will pay more for your gas than you’d be paying for your car.

Also… health insurance for $20 a month? There is really no such thing as health insurance for $20 a month if you’re buying your health insurance on your own. I think the least amount is going to be about $215 a month– and that only covers hospital emergencies.

The minimum wage in this country is reprehensible. If the minimum wage had kept up with inflation it would be over $10 an hour. If it had kept up with productivity? It would be $21.72.

min wage1 fig2 2012 03 McDonalds suggested budget for employees shows just how impossible it is to get by on minimum wage

Right now, we have people in our government saying that we shouldn’t even have a minimum wage. That employers should be free to pay people whatever they can get someone to agree to work for. If they can get someone to work for $3 an hour, then it should be allowed.

There are people who comfort themselves by telling themselves that poor people are only poor because poor people are lazy. Pretty sure someone who works 74 hours a week isn’t lazy.

You may think that most of these minimum wage earners are teenagers. Well, 87.9% of minimum wage earners are over the age of 20. 28% of those people are parents trying to raise a kid on this budget. That is not a good thing for our future and it is not a good thing for our economy. In order for the economy to thrive, people have to be able to buy things. All the money going to people at the top does not help us.

I don’t want to live in any kind of dog-eat-dog Ayn Rand erotic fantasy. Human beings are worth more than that. Anyone who works 40 hours a week (nevermind 74 hours) ought be able to take care of all the basic necessities in life. Corporations shouldn’t be able to pay their workers nothing, keep all of the profits to themselves, and expect taxpayers to make up the difference with social programs. It’s not fair to the workers, and it’s not fair to any of us.

Edited 7/15 10:49pm- Realized I was working with the Illinois minimum wage, not the national, and that I was somewhat confused about taxes.

Previously in Minimum Wage Horror Stories… Walmart.

Posted by Anonymous on Jul. 16, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jul. 16, 2013 at 4:37 PM
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Yeah, well, McD's isn't exactly a job for educated adults with children to support. It's for teens/college students.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Jul. 16, 2013 at 4:38 PM

I worked at McDonald's in high school as a part time job for spending money. Never did I consider it as a means of supporting myself or any minimum wage job for that matter. Isn't it common knowledge that you are never going to live well or maybe not be able to survive at all on a minimum wage job? 

Mommy2b2many
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 4:39 PM
I understand that a job is a job. But honestly; who works at MCD's thinking they'll be able to support themselves; let alone a family?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Jul. 16, 2013 at 4:41 PM

 Min. wage in my state would add and additional $400 per month. This is what happens when you don't plan for a future.

SecondChance709
by Bronze Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 4:42 PM

You're not supposed to live off minimum wage....

BluePandaDreams
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 4:43 PM
I stopped working fastfood when I had my daughter. Why? Can't support more than one person on their crap wages. What did I do? I got another job that paid more.
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by Anonymous 5 on Jul. 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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The way the economy is today, even people with a college education are working minimum wage or low wage jobs.

Quoting Anonymous:

Yeah, well, McD's isn't exactly a job for educated adults with children to support. It's for teens/college students.

QueenBof6
by Ruby Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 4:45 PM
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Minimum wage jobs aren't to support a family. However there is room for growth if restaurant management is the career path you want. My first job was McDonald when I was a teenager. I ended up in restaurant management (not mcdonalds) which was a very decent paying job for me at 25 when I had only one child

This is exactly why people should make better decisions and strive for more.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jul. 16, 2013 at 4:46 PM

 Oh, I agree, and it's better than nothing, but it was not intended to support a family.


Quoting Anonymous:

The way the economy is today, even people with a college education are working minimum wage or low wage jobs.

Quoting Anonymous:

Yeah, well, McD's isn't exactly a job for educated adults with children to support. It's for teens/college students.


 

Anonandon
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 4:46 PM
I agree.

Quoting Mommy2b2many:

I understand that a job is a job. But honestly; who works at MCD's thinking they'll be able to support themselves; let alone a family?
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