South Carolina does not have a state minimum wage law, instead the federal minimum wage of $7.25 applies. The tipped minimum wage is even lower, standing at $2.13 for the last 23 years.
In 1991 it was pegged at 50% of the federal minimum wage. In 1996 it was ofﬁcially depegged from the minimum wage and has remained frozen ever since.
Including tips, tipped workers in South Carolina earn a median wage of only $8.50 – equivalent to $17,680 for a full-time year-round employee.
However, tipped workers generally are allowed part-time schedules that vary by season. Seven states have eliminated the tipped minimum wage - in those states tipped workers receive the full minimum wage.
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 40% are moms, and although many are married, more than half of these are single moms.
Although the median age for tipped workers is 27, 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 South Carolina
there are nearly 80,000 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 South Carolina’s lowest paid jobs.
Six of the ten lowest paid occupations are in the restaurant industry, and three of these are tipped occupations.
3 LOWEST PAID
TIPPED MINIMUM WAGE
MEDIAN WAGE FOR TIPPED WORKERSINCLUDING TIPS
2 9 %
TIPPED WORKERS WHOWORK IN RESTAURANTS
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
BUSSERS, RUNNERS, AND BARTENDER ASSISTANTS