BUSSERS, RUNNERS, AND

BARTENDER ASSISTANTS
BARTENDERS
SERVERS
The state minimum wage is $7.25, but the
tipped minimum wage is even lower at only
$3.26. Including tips, tipped workers in
New Hampshire earn a median wage of only
$8.00 — equivalent to $16,640 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.
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
one-third of these are single moms. Although
the median age for tipped workers is 29, 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 New Hampshire there are nearly 27,000
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 New Hampshire’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 OCCUPATIONS
TIPPED
MINIMUM WAGE
$3.26
MINIMUM WAGE
$7.25
MEDIAN WAGE FOR
TIPPED WORKERS
INCLUDING TIPS
$8.00
GENDER
86%
1
4
%
TIPPED WORKERS WHO
WORK IN RESTAURANTS
71%
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
www.rocunited.org
NEW HAMPSHI RE
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.
WHITE PEOPLE OF COLOR ALL
POVERTY RATES IN $2.13 STATES
16% 25% 20%
POVERTY RATES IN STATES WITH NO TIP CREDIT
13% 14% 14%
TIPPED WORKERS AND THE RISING AMERICAN ELECTORATE
White 85%
Latino 5%
Other 5%
Asian 4%
Black 1%
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24 36%
25-34 23%
35-44 20%
45+ 21%
RACE
AGE
HIGHER EDUCATION
EDUCATION
PARENTS WITH CHILDREN
ON FREE LUNCHES
44%
MARITAL &
PARENTAL
STATUS
36
%
Married 35%
Parents 33%
Dads 16%
Moms 36%
Single Moms 13%
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Tipped restaurant
workers live in
poverty at 3X
the rate of the
New Hampshire
workforce.
RAISE THE MINIMUM 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.
FOR MORE INFO rocunited.org/stateoftippedworkers/
The industry projects employment will continue
to grow at the rate of 8% over the next decade.
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of tipped
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MINIMIM
WAGE
$10.10
$12.00
$15.00
TIPPED
STIMULUS
$12.7
$19.4
$30.1

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