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restaurant opportunities Centers united the state oF tiPPed W orkers www.rocunited.org in Pennsylvania there are nearly
restaurant opportunities Centers united
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oF tiPPed
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in Pennsylvania there are nearly 220,000
tipped workers, and over 65% of these work
tiPPed Workers Who
Work in restaurants
in the restaurant industry. the restaurant
industry employs nearly 10% of the workforce
and is one of the fastest growing sectors of the
economy. Unfortunately, the restaurant industry
offers several of Pennsylvania’s lowest paid
jobs. Five of the ten lowest paid occupations
are in the restaurant industry, and two of
these are tipped occupations.
66%
2 lo W est P aid
tiPPed oCCuPations
Bussers, runners, &
Bartender assistants
Counter attendants

the state minimum wage is $7.25, but the tipped minimum wage is even lower at only $2.83. including tips, tipped workers in Pennsylvania earn a median wage of only $8.25 – equivalent to $17,160 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. Higher wages reduce turnover and pour millions of dollars back into the local economy.

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tiPPed
minimum Wage
$2.83
minimum Wage
$7.25
median Wage For
tiPPed Workers
inCluding tiPs
$8.25
restaurant opportunities Centers united the state oF tiPPed W orkers www.rocunited.org in Pennsylvania there are nearly

t i PP ed Workers and the r ising a meri C an e le C torate

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, over 30% are moms, and although many are married, half of these are single moms. Although the median age for

tipped workers is 30, 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.

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marital & Parental s tatus married 31% Parents 30% dads 17% moms 34% single moms 14%
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Parental
s tatus
married 31%
Parents 30%
dads 17%
moms 34%
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Black 8%
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35%
asian 7%
25-34
23%
latino 6%
35-44
14%
other 0%
45+
29%
42 % of tipped worker moms are single moms
42 %
of tipped
worker moms
are single moms
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In states with a tipped minimum wage of $2.13,
the poverty rates for workers of color is nearly
double that of the seven states without a tipped
minimum wage, with one in four living in poverty.
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t he industry projects employment will continue
to grow at the rate of 5% over the next decade.
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r aise the m inimum Wage

Living off tips is precarious, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Raising the minimum wage and eliminating the tipped credit would provide a significant stimulus to the U.S. economy in tipped wages alone, providing a boost to local economies and the broader food industry, as well.

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tiPPed
Wage
stimulus
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$12.7
$12.00
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$15.00
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