$16 dollars an hour is not a living wage

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DaniStJames in Los Angeles, California

104 months ago

Not to mention, $16 an hour beats sitting home on your couch wouldn't you think?

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jobsearchdolphin in Tampa, Florida

104 months ago

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That's 33k, which for a single person w/no children would be viable in the Tampa Bay area, at least. Figure 70% of the gross salary (taking out 20% for taxes and 10% for benefits.) Comes to $1925 per month. Is it great? No.

But there are locations where it could work.

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Cyndi DuPont in Cleveland, Ohio

104 months ago

Are you kidding???
I would KILL for 16.00 an hour.
Try living on 8.00 an hour and then come talk to me.

Some people are just never happy.....

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carolpearson in Birmingham, Alabama

98 months ago

Cyndi DuPont in Cleveland, Ohio said: Are you kidding???
I would KILL for 16.00 an hour.
Try living on 8.00 an hour and then come talk to me.

Some people are just never happy.....

seriously! im a single mom making 10 bucks an hour, i just wanna scream when people who make 30k a year call themselves poor

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anonymous in Monrovia, California

95 months ago

Cyndi DuPont in Cleveland, Ohio said: Are you kidding???
I would KILL for 16.00 an hour.
Try living on 8.00 an hour and then come talk to me.

Some people are just never happy.....

Hi- good for you ! You tell this guy, what is he thinking? $16.00 is almost 2 x minimum wage, it's more than what alot of people are getting these days. Be thankful for every penny.

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mrsbeaups in las vegas, Nevada

94 months ago

I would love 16.00 an hour and just to let you know appleone just cost me a job I do not do clerical work I am a designer and I was offered a job by a company and they will not hire me thru appleone wow a whole 8 bucks an hour and apple wants there cut so I am out of a job tuff for me

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Josh in Las Vegas, Nevada

34 months ago

carol pearson in Birmingham, Alabama said: seriously! im a single mom making 10 bucks an hour, i just wanna scream when people who make 30k a year call themselves poor

You likely have lots and lots of tax breaks, plus a mega EOC check every tax season, When you are the target of the Democrats wrath, A Caucasian non union working class male, that 30K becaomes 12K after the Dems are done taxing you to death.

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Better.luck.next.time in Albany, New York

34 months ago

carol pearson in Birmingham, Alabama said: seriously! im a single mom making 10 bucks an hour, i just wanna scream when people who make 30k a year call themselves poor

This is the problem in the US. A single person needs to make 35k to pay for housing, healthcare, etc. and save for retirement. A family of four needs to make 80k in order to save for retirment, college for kids, healthcare, mortgage, etc.

If the minimum wage were adjusted for living expenses, it would be $15 dollars and hour!!!

This is why people making $8+ an hour and even 33k a year are having a hard time. The sad joke is that the mid to low wage workers are all attacking each other. The problem is with wealth going to the top, and wealth controlling government, making it more difficult for the average citizen to break even.

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Bluetea in Texas

34 months ago

Better.luck.next.time in Albany, New York said: This is the problem in the US. A single person needs to make 35k to pay for housing, healthcare, etc. and save for retirement. A family of four needs to make 80k in order to save for retirment, college for kids, healthcare, mortgage, etc.

If the minimum wage were adjusted for living expenses, it would be $15 dollars and hour!!!

This is why people making $8+ an hour and even 33k a year are having a hard time. The sad joke is that the mid to low wage workers are all attacking each other. The problem is with wealth going to the top, and wealth controlling government, making it more difficult for the average citizen to break even.

In Texas, making $16.00 an hour would have you "$hitin' in some tall cotton". Its mostly $8.00 an hour around here.

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Better.luck.next.time in Albany, New York

34 months ago

Bluetea in Texas said: In Texas, making $16.00 an hour would have you "$hitin' in some tall cotton". Its mostly $8.00 an hour around here.

Well, Texas is pretty much the face of the downfall of America, isn't it? Corporations moving in to suck up the water, leaving communities in drought, in a season that is already suffering from record drought. Waaaay at the bottom of education and providing health care and relief for poor children. An ex governor that has lined his pockets by selling off the land with no thought to consequences. Lots of jobs, but not at a sustainable, living wage. Yup, the wiild, wild west, take what you can and the hell with civics. The hell with the sustainability of the land or its people.

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Me in Nashville, Tennessee

30 months ago

Josh in Las Vegas, Nevada said: You likely have lots and lots of tax breaks, plus a mega EOC check every tax season, When you are the target of the Democrats wrath, A Caucasian non union working class male, that 30K becaomes 12K after the Dems are done taxing you to death.

what does race have to do with ANY of this?

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ITguy in San Antonio, Texas

28 months ago

Josh in Las Vegas, Nevada said: You likely have lots and lots of tax breaks, plus a mega EOC check every tax season, When you are the target of the Democrats wrath, A Caucasian non union working class male, that 30K becaomes 12K after the Dems are done taxing you to death.

No lie! I make right at 33k a year working in the IT field and I might as we'll be making half that after taxes of which I got zero of returned to me this year.

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sassyNNsweet in Brampton, Ontario

27 months ago

carol pearson in Birmingham, Alabama said: seriously! im a single mom making 10 bucks an hour, i just wanna scream when people who make 30k a year call themselves poor

Sorry your having such a hard time but thats no reason to be envious of ppl who took the education and career approach to life when you did not. I cant live on 35k a year(my current salary) and have all the things I want out of life so I completely understand where that initial individuals comment came from. Just because you can eat and have a roof over your head doesnt mean your living a good quality of life, which is why Im going back to University. No, Im not grateful for what I have, I worked damn hard for it and deserve it and then some.

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Say what? in Raleigh, North Carolina

25 months ago

$16 an hour is pathetic and I'm sad that corporations have convinced people that $30k/year is living high on the hog. With the cost of EVERYthing going up right now, people's wages should follow suit before we just all spiral to the bottom.

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Say what? in Raleigh, North Carolina

25 months ago

carol pearson in Birmingham, Alabama said: seriously! im a single mom making 10 bucks an hour, i just wanna scream when people who make 30k a year call themselves poor

Well, it's all relevant. If that person making $30k/year still cannot afford to put a decent roof over his/her head or pay basic bills or pay back student loans, they're kind of in the same boat as you. Poor is poor.

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Say what? in Raleigh, North Carolina

25 months ago

Say what? in Raleigh, North Carolina said: Well, it's all relevant. If that person making $30k/year still cannot afford to put a decent roof over his/her head or pay basic bills or pay back student loans, they're kind of in the same boat as you. Poor is poor.

Sorry, that should have said "relative", not "relevant".

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Zack in Houston, Texas

24 months ago

It really just depends on the location and the person Mariah Carey couldn't survive off of $16 an hour Lorde could... see the difference....Texas may be face of the American downfall but New York would be the tail on that coin....so heads or tails.. lower pay with a lower cost of living or a higher pay with a higher costs of living if you're single it's time to invest into something that's going to be tax deductible do I think that's fair nope it's not my fault that people are having kid's when their not financially stabled so now i have to BUY a dang town house in order for me to get a tax break....see It all goes back to that good ole coin....unless you're in a position of power you're just simply another hamster in a cage regardless of what ethnicity YOU are because race has no scientific taxonomic importance when dealing with the same species..but that's another topic on a different forum....see ya!! Good luck to you all!

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abm in New York, New York

22 months ago

carol pearson in Birmingham, Alabama said: seriously! im a single mom making 10 bucks an hour, i just wanna scream when people who make 30k a year call themselves poor

in New York, $16 is not enough money for anything. a broken down apartment is $1400/ month and that doesn't include electric not to mention school bills and any other bills you may have. you don't know the ratio for every state so you can't say that $16 an hour is lucky if you don't know how high living expenses are.

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Joseph Deck in Fort Worth, Texas

22 months ago

I live in Dallas, and work as a flight engineer making $29.35 an hour. I don't have a degree and dropped out of school... I started at 19 making $17 an hour. I felt broke until I hit around $25. But I still feel like I could be earning more. Its hard work and I travel a lot. Including places like Iraq,Afghanistan and a practically anywhere in the USA at any given time. I'm actually considering taking a huge paycheck and going back to being broke. So I can have freedom.

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Joseph Deck in Fort Worth, Texas

22 months ago

I live in Dallas, and work as a flight engineer making $29.35 an hour. I don't have a degree and dropped out of school... I started at 19 making $17 an hour. I felt broke until I hit around $25. But I still feel like I could be earning more. Its hard work and I travel a lot. Including places like Iraq,Afghanistan and a practically anywhere in the USA at any given time. I'm actually considering taking a huge pay cut and going back to being broke. So I can have freedom.

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atlantaman in Atlanta, Georgia

20 months ago

Thats good money in my city! I can fo something with that amount of money, try making 10.54 a hour

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Anonymous in San Diego, California

17 months ago

anonymous in Monrovia, California said: Hi- good for you ! You tell this guy, what is he thinking? $16.00 is almost 2 x minimum wage, it's more than what alot of people are getting these days. Be thankful for every penny.

I make 15 an hour welding, it isn't enough living here in San Diego, minimum wage here is $9.25 yeah you can survive but it doesn't allow for much wiggle room to do what you want to do, hence why you work to be able to do more than just survive. I'm expecting a $5-$10 raise after 520 hours worked since I'm through an agency, once I'm making $20-$25 an hour then I'll be just about satifised for a while. Until I open up a business then I'll expect more. As of right now I'm doing well, when my raise comes I'll be doing perfect, once I open up business in the future I'll be making my dreams (goals) comes true. Never settle for less Strive for more always

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Sick Of It All in La Mesa, California

17 months ago

San Diegan as well, and I would KILL for $16/hr! I'm in administration and it never pays that high.
My last position was barely above $12/hr, which came out to just above minimum wage after taxes. I managed to live quite comfortably AND help support my boyfriend at the time who was a complete mooch! lol

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Leon in Buffalo, New York

16 months ago

anonymous in Edison, New Jersey said: People get made fun of and talked down to for making $16 an hour. It's very degrading.

The cost of living is much higher in New Jersey than many states.

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surgeryassistant in Colorado Springs, Colorado

15 months ago

Cyndi DuPont in Cleveland, Ohio said: Are you kidding???
I would KILL for 16.00 an hour.
Try living on 8.00 an hour and then come talk to me.

Some people are just never happy.....

I make 16 and it's just enough to live comfortably as a single person. But once you factor in health insurance, 401k, savings and having kids someday it's nothing.

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surgeryassistant in Colorado Springs, Colorado

15 months ago

16 an hour is great as a single person with no health problems to live comfortably. However it definitely isn't a good career wage.

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Sick Of It All in backwoods, California

15 months ago

My last position made just barely over $12/hr. I paid rent & bills just like everyone else and I was able to live quite comfortably. I had 2 roommates and TONS of job-related health problems and was paying for full health coverage through my work. I got by because I'm financially responsible. Some people just have no self control and start blaming the money instead of themselves.

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Some Guy in Brooklyn, New York

15 months ago

I work making 11.50 an hour

I can't get a room let alone an apartment in NYC. It's insane.
After the Insane Rent factor in:

Student Loans (I'm A college Graduate. a lot good good that degree did)
Raise in MTA fees and Toll Booths (I have no car. If I did it wouldn't make a difference. Who's driving into Manhattan??)

The problem is that that the cost of everything , and I mean EVERYTHING, keeps increasing while pay stays the same. Wealthy are taking over "trendy" neighborhoods and people making anything less than $30,000 are being forced to either really REALLY bad neighborhoods or out of NYC. it isn't going to change because the wealthy aren't having any problems affording anything. The less fortunate are and they aren't doing anything to fight this growing problem.

In NYC if you aren't making $15.00 or more you better move in with family somewhere in another state because this isn't the place for you. If you do make $15.00 an hour you STILL are going to have to really manage your money and live check to check because even that won't cut it.

Instead of arguing with each other we need to stand up and voice ourselves as a city instead of doing nothing but complaining to the people near us at the moment while ultimately doing nothing to actually change anything.

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Barack Obama in Woodbridge, Virginia

14 months ago

Job Search Dolphin in Tampa, Florida said: That's 33k, which for a single person w/no children would be viable in the Tampa Bay area, at least. Figure 70% of the gross salary (taking out 20% for taxes and 10% for benefits.) Comes to $1925 per month. Is it great? No.

But there are locations where it could work.

you know how I know you are a 47% er? you think you actually pay 20% in income tax on 33k a year.

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Barack Obama in Woodbridge, Virginia

14 months ago

carol pearson in Birmingham, Alabama said: seriously! im a single mom making 10 bucks an hour, i just wanna scream when people who make 30k a year call themselves poor

how is is you are on the internet if you only make 10 bux an hour.

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joeevaristo in East Brunswick, New Jersey

14 months ago

Really surprised at the reactions here. I've turned down work for $15 an hour, too--it's obscene to be told that what you do is so unimportant you don't deserve to live.

In New Jersey and Maryland, a conservative estimate for an apartment + utilities/internet/phone is $1,600 a month--you can't guarantee that a cheap place will be available, or consistently have roommates to share expenses with, so you better make enough to cover the whole cost each month.

That's $9.25 an hour on a 40 hour work week to just guarantee a roof over your head.

My student loan payments equal $4.85 an hour at a full-time job. That puts us at $14.1 per hour on a full-time job and we still haven't accounted for food, transportation, taxes, and anything taken out to cover benefits. $16 an hour is a non-starter--a basic "I can live until the next paycheck" job is at least $20 an hour.

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Stfu in Michigan

13 months ago

Josh in Las Vegas, Nevada said: You likely have lots and lots of tax breaks, plus a mega EOC check every tax season, When you are the target of the Democrats wrath, A Caucasian non union working class male, that 30K becaomes 12K after the Dems are done taxing you to death.

What does your race have to do with anything? I also make 30k a year and I'm also taxed to death I also have no children. I'm a blk female. You're a nincompoop.

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Pool in Missouri City, Texas

13 months ago

Barack Obama in Woodbridge, Virginia said: how is is you are on the internet if you only make 10 bux an hour.

Ikr. She shouldnt be ablw to afford internet especially with a kid at 10$ an hour unless she's living off gov or being supported by a boyfriend /husband/parents etc

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Pool in Missouri City, Texas

13 months ago

Joseph Deck in Fort Worth, Texas said: I live in Dallas, and work as a flight engineer making $29.35 an hour. I don't have a degree and dropped out of school... I started at 19 making $17 an hour. I felt broke until I hit around $25. But I still feel like I could be earning more. Its hard work and I travel a lot. Including places like Iraq , Afghanistan and a practically anywhere in the USA at any given time. I'm actually considering taking a huge pay cut and going back to being broke. So I can have freedom.

Freedom is actually the reson why ive stayed away from.work for so long and didnt bother to develop my career at a younger age. Now i dont have a choice if I want to subscribe to society's norm that we should all be productive citizens. Freedom.is expensive!

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gixerkiller in Gardena, California

13 months ago

16 per hr would be great for certain jobs. A new to the work force person SHOULD NOT by making 70k a year...THAT is supposed to come with skill which comes with time.

I WAS a mechanic for over 20 years, then in 2010,2011 the bottom really fell out of the transportation industry and no more work. In 2010 I was making 50k a year with an additional 50k on the side building race bike engines. Race died off and the company I was working for decided to stop paying people unless the customer paid, removed health care,refused to send us to update classes.......

Now, I find that the same type of work is refusing to even pay State minimum for the work. (18 per hr for a mechanic in CA) and people are taking it, there is the issue. Most jobs have a legal minimum, such as union welders,electricians,asbestos removal....

Not everyone was meant to own a Lexus and live alone right out of school, at the same time the experienced workers should not be put out to pasture just because we/they lack certain certificates.

The balance has been upset. don't knock 16 bucks an hr. You can live on it if you cast aside the wants and concentrate on needs. You don't NEED a new car, you don't NEED cable, you don't NEED a smart phone with massive data.....

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MJS in Hightstown, New Jersey

11 months ago

DaniStJames in Los Angeles, California said: Not to mention, $16 an hour beats sitting home on your couch wouldn't you think?

I make $16 per hour but live in Hamilton, NJ. After taxes, there is no way that I could afford my own apartment, utilities, healthcare, car insurance, and food. I live with my parents because I have no choice and pay them rent.

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Burt Lange in Albany, New York

11 months ago

MJS in Hightstown, New Jersey said: I make $16 per hour but live in Hamilton, NJ. After taxes, there is no way that I could afford my own apartment, utilities, healthcare, car insurance, and food. I live with my parents because I have no choice and pay them rent.

Christie has done absolutely nothing for Jersey. Am I right?

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Nick in East Bethany, New York

8 months ago

Amen !!!!

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Leon in Buffalo, New York

8 months ago

Leon in Buffalo, New York said: The cost of living is much higher in New Jersey than many states.

Yessir

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disgruntled guy in Meriden, Connecticut

7 months ago

I live in Connecticut and they tax us to death here. Average rent for a decent 2 bedroom is 1500.00 thats not including any utilities.i make 38000 a year and it is hard to make ends meet with all the tax we pay.i don't live above my means I only have the things I need and still have to budget my income. I was making 50 grand till the company i worked for haf mass lay offs. Many people here are unemployed,and Hartford spends money like turning on your faucet. They just elected a former felon to run Bridgeport as mayor. And Malloy our dictator governor thinks that spending billions on highways when we are billions in the hole is smart. Depends on where you live but 16.00 isn't much these days.

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dudeman in Pompano Beach, Florida

7 months ago

While it may seem nice with $16/hr for a young person new to the workforce, it is getting harder to find a full time position when starting out. If you take that into account $16 at 30hrs or less a week isn't much.

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Reality check in Bronx, New York

7 months ago

Living in NYC is expensive . On one hand you have those that are born and raised in NYC, live with family that pays a lower than average amount of rent, public housing . Futhermore individuals who's family has been a resident over 20 years typically pays $700-900 in rent between 3 persons. On the other hand you have people like me who transferred with a job and is no longer with the company or new leases and our rent is around $1300-$1500.
Factor in student loans, food,necessities and $16. an hour goes pretty fast to rent and basics.

$16 an hour in my home state you live like a king house, car, savings and a decent yearly vacation.

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Rico in Dallas, Texas

4 months ago

Cyndi DuPont in Cleveland, Ohio said: Are you kidding???
I would KILL for 16.00 an hour.
Try living on 8.00 an hour and then come talk to me.

Some people are just never happy.....

No some people just look for a better paying job. $8 an hour is your choice get out there and look. I know felons making more then $8. Try harder.

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Escobar in Toronto, Ontario

3 months ago

Cyndi DuPont in Cleveland, Ohio said: Are you kidding???
I would KILL for 16.00 an hour.
Try living on 8.00 an hour and then come talk to me.

Some people are just never happy.....

Who said you cant live off $16/hour...change your expensive lifestyle

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george in Winter Park, Florida

1 month ago

Escobar in Toronto, Ontario said: Who said you cant live off $16/hour...change your expensive lifestyle

Go back to school then idiot!

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Strider in Albuquerque, New Mexico

3 days ago

$23 an hour should be the minimum wage. Anyone making less than that I am very sorry. That is not far and something should be done about it. We should not spend our lived working to pay bills with nothing left over invest or not enough to make a difference. There are people making billions of dollars and paying employees an proportional amount of that revenue. If a company does good a lot of that is the hard work of the employee. Thanks to the Stock market and greedy companies they will pocket the earnings to make the stock look better rather than pay employees a fair share of the company earnings. Wages in the US are upsetting and I do not blame anyone for wanting higher pay when they are below $100k a year.

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Tc212 in Southaven, Mississippi

1 hour ago

That's the world that we live in now. Paid only to barely get by. My wife and I had a conversation about this a few days ago. Her sister referred her to this company called Task Pay. Long story short she is able to make over $300 dollars a day. Hope this helps someone like it did us. OnlineTaskPay.com/?reff=19021

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Tc212 in Southaven, Mississippi

1 hour ago

That's the world that we live in now. Paid only to barely get by. My wife and I had a conversation about this a few days ago. Her sister referred her to this company called Task Pay. Long story short she is able to make over $300 dollars a day. Hope this helps someone like it did us. OnlineTaskPay.com/?reff=19021

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