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What's The Difference Between Minimum Wage and Living Wage in Salt Lake City?

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 05:40 PM

Although Utah’s minimum wage currently rests at $7.25 per hour – the same amount as the federal minimum wage –  passionate debates have been circulating throughout the state about a reasonable standard of living in Salt Lake City.

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The living wage figure calculation in question indicates the lowest wage that is deemed to be high enough for a typical full-time working adult to maintain a normal standard of living.

According to Massachusetts Institute of Technology's  Living Wage Calculator, the living wage for Salt Lake City is $10.63 per single working adult and $14.75 per two working adults with two children, which contrasts starkly with the current $7.25 minimum wage.

Some exceptions to Utah’s minimum wage law occur in specific circumstances. For the first 90 days of minors’ employment, they may be paid a minimum of $4.25 per hour, according to Minimum-Wage.us. Other exceptions exist for tipped workers, students in high school and college, and some disabled workers.

Full-time minimum wage earning workers in Salt Lake City earn $290.00 per week, adding up to a total of $15,080 per year, according to Minimum-wage.us. Utah also requires an overtime minimum wage of $10.88 per hour for workers that meet certain requirements. Although President Barack Obama called in his 2014 State of the Union Address for Congress to raise the federal minimum wage level to $10.10 per hour ($1.10 above his call in the 2013 State of the Union Address), it is unlikely that the minimum wage will be raised any time in the near future, due to partisan stalls in Congress.

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Meanwhile, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker (Democrat) proposed in his speech for the upcoming 2016 budget to raise Salt Lake City minimum wage levels to $10.10 per hour for city employees, thus keeping the municipal employees above the poverty line and coming closer to the living wage levels, according to Good4Utah.com. If this motion came into effect, however, it would cost the city $80,000 in taxpayers’ dollars.

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Although Utah’s minimum wage currently rests at $7.25 per hour – the same amount as the federal minimum wage – passionate debates have been circulating throughout the state about a reasonable standard of living in Salt Lake City.
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