Raising the Minimum Wage: 23% of PA Workers Would Get a Boost

Publication Date: 
March 1, 2014

Of the 1.2 million Pennsylvania workers affected by increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, 87 percent are adults

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Download counts of the number of workers affected by county in Pennsylvania (note these are older estimates, updated numbers will be available soon)

Read more about tipped workers in Pennsylvania

Get the Facts: What would a minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour mean for PA?

  • In total, just over 1.2 million PA workers would see their wages rise. 
  • 87% of the workers who would benefit are adults (age 20 and older).
  • 81% of the workers who would benefit work 20 or more hours a week.
  • Just under a quarter of the workers who would benefit are parents with children.
  • Those parents earn half of their family’s income. 
  • More than half a million PA children live in households that would get a boost. 

Seven in 10 PA voters — including majorities of Democratic, Independent, and Republican voters — support raising the state’s minimum wage.[1]

The most rigorous economic research over the past 20 years shows that raising the minimum wage boosts worker pay without causing job losses – even in regions where the economy is weak or unemployment is high. 

In January, the minimum wage rose to $8.25 an hour in New Jersey, $8 in New York, and $7.95 in Ohio — while in PA it remains at the federal level of $7.25 an hour, unchanged since 2009.

Tipped Workers REALLY Need a Raise: Restaurant servers, hairdressers, and other tipped workers in PA can be paid a minimum wage of $2.83 per hour, a rate that has not been raised since 1998. Consequently, the purchasing power of the tipped minimum wage in PA fell 29% between 1998 and 2012.


[1] Quinnipiac University Poll, February 26, 2014, http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/pennsylvania/release-detail?ReleaseID=2012.

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