Wage and salary workers paid minimum wage by gender U.S. 1979-2018

This statistic shows the number of workers paid hourly rates at the federal minimum wage in the United States from 1979 to 2018, by gender. In 2018, there were about 170,000 male workers receiving hourly rates at the federal minimum wage.

Number of workers paid hourly rates at the federal minimum wage in the United States from 1979 to 2018, by gender

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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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