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40 Percent of Restaurant Workers Live in Near-Poverty

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? The industry's wages have stagnated at an extremely low level. Restaurant workers' median wage stands at $10 per hour, tips included?and hasn't budged, in inflation-adjusted terms, since 2000. For nonrestaurant US workers, the median hourly wage is $18. That means the median restaurant worker makes 44 percent less than other workers. Benefits are also rare?just 14.4 percent of restaurant workers have employer-sponsored health insurance and 8.4 percent have pensions, vs. 48.7 percent and 41.8 percent, respectively, for other workers

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