Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
The federal minimum wage is $7.25, but the federal tipped minimum wage is only $2.13.
Alaska, with one of the nation’s most vibrant restaurant industries, pays tipped and non-tipped workers alike $7.75.
Including tips, tipped workers earn a median wage of $9.00 — equivalent to $18,720 for a full-time year-round employee.
However, tipped workers generally are allowed part-time schedules that vary by season, and tips ﬂuctuate by season and shift, leaving many restaurant workers in a precarious situation.The Rising American Electorate refers to the demographic groups that are growing the most rapidly, historically with lower voter participation rates, but whose growing civic engagement has been crucial in tipping the scales in recent elections.
Tipped workers are primarily women, nearly 50% are moms, and although many are married, more than half of these are single moms.
Although the median age for tipped workers is 31, half of them are younger. And they are racially diverse, overrepresented by Latinos, Asians, and African Americans compared to the broader workforce. They are also a highly educated group.
Tipped workers are a snapshot of the RAE.
TIPPED WORKERS AND THE RISING AMERICAN ELECTORATE
THE STATE OF TIPPED WORKERS
In Alaska there are nearly 13,000 tipped workers, and 71% of these work in the restaurant industry.
The restaurant industry employs nearly 10% of the workforce and is one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy. Unfortunately, the restaurant industry offers several of Alaska’s lowest paid jobs.
Five of the ten lowest paid occupations are in the restaurant industry, and two of these are tipped occupations.
2 LOWEST PAID
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TIPPED MINIMUM WAGE
MEDIAN WAGE FOR TIPPED WORKERSINCLUDING TIPS
3 3 %
TIPPED WORKERS WHOWORK IN RESTAURANTS