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Minimum Wage in Georgia Compared to State's Median Income

By    |   Tuesday, 12 Jan 2016 04:13 PM

When it comes to earning a living in Georgia, it takes a minimum wage-earning individual longer than in other states and the District of Columbia. The Georgia minimum wage, which is set at $5.15 per hour, is so low, in fact, that it is superseded by the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, which employers must pay. And even this hourly rate is well below what Washington, Oregon, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia require employers to pay. In Washington, D.C., for instance, the minimum wage is set at $9.50 per hour, the highest statewide in the country.

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And while in some states the minimum wage is higher in the state's major cities (the minimum wage in Santa Fe, for instance, is higher than the New Mexico state minimum wage) this is not the case in Georgia. Efforts to raise the minimum wage in Georgia have not gained momentum in the Legislature either: A 2014 bill to raise the state minimum wage to $10.10 per hour that was introduced in the state Senate did not even receive a hearing.

Not only is Georgia's minimum wage low when compared to other U.S. states and cities, but also the median income is lower than the national average.

According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau findings
, Georgia's median household income is $47,829, which is below the most recent national average of $53,891. Georgia ranks 34th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia when it comes to median household income. By comparison, Maryland has the highest median income of any state at $72,483 per year, and Mississippi has the lowest at $37,963.

Although the national median income has risen by 3.8 percent in the last three years, Georgia's median income has only risen by 0.38 percent, or $179. In fact, Georgia's median income has actually dropped quite substantially without recovery since its pre-recession high in 2007 when it was $55,204.

Today, the state median income is some 13.36 percent (or $7,375) lower than it was in the last decade, according to the Department of Numbers.

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When it comes to earning a living in Georgia, it takes a minimum wage-earning individual longer than in other states. The Georgia minimum wage, which is set at $5.15 per hour, is so low, in fact, that it is superseded by the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
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