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Restaurant Opportunities Centers United THE STATE OF TIPPED WORKERS www.rocunited.org In Wyoming there are nearly 9,000
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
THE STATE
OF TIPPED
WORKERS
www.rocunited.org
In Wyoming there are nearly 9,000 tipped
workers, and 65% of these work in the
TIPPED WORKERS WHO
WORK IN RESTAURANTS
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 Wyoming’s lowest
paid jobs. Eight of the ten lowest paid
occupations are in the restaurant industry,
and three of these are tipped occupations.
65%
3 LOWEST PAID
TIPPED OCCUPATIONS
SERVERS
BUSSERS, RUNNERS, AND
BARTENDER ASSISTANTS
BARTENDERS
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United THE STATE OF TIPPED WORKERS www.rocunited.org In Wyoming there are nearly 9,000

Wyoming follows federal minimum wage guidelines. The federal minimum wage is $7.25,

but the tipped minimum wage is even lower. It has stood 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 Wyoming 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.

TIPPED MINIMUM WAGE $2.13 MINIMUM WAGE $7.25 MEDIAN WAGE FOR TIPPED WORKERS INCLUDING TIPS $8.00
TIPPED
MINIMUM WAGE
$2.13
MINIMUM WAGE
$7.25
MEDIAN WAGE FOR
TIPPED WORKERS
INCLUDING TIPS
$8.00
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United THE STATE OF TIPPED WORKERS www.rocunited.org In Wyoming there are nearly 9,000

TIPPED WORKERS AND THE RISING AMERICAN ELECTORATE

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, over 10% 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.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United THE STATE OF TIPPED WORKERS www.rocunited.org In Wyoming there are nearly 9,000

GENDER

79% 21%
79%
21%
TIPPED WORKERS AND THE RISING AMERICAN ELECTORATE
TIPPED WORKERS AND THE RISING AMERICAN ELECTORATE

POVERTY

INDUSTRY

GROWTH

  • EDUCATION
    HIGHER EDUCATION

53%

MARITAL & PARENTAL STATUS Married 36% Parents 24% Dads 0% Moms 31% Single Moms 4%
MARITAL &
PARENTAL
STATUS
Married 36%
Parents 24%
Dads 0%
Moms 31%
Single Moms 4%
AGE RACE 27 MEDIAN AGE White 89% Other 6% <_ 24 36% Latino 3% 25-34 35%
AGE
RACE
27
MEDIAN AGE
White 89%
Other 6%
<_ 24
36%
Latino 3%
25-34
35%
Asian 2%
35-44
6%
Black 0%
45+
23%
13 % of tipped worker moms are single moms
13 %
of tipped
worker moms
are single moms
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live in POVERTY at 2X the rate of the Wyoming workforce.

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PARENTS WITH CHILDREN

ON FREE LUNCHES

34%

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.

WORKERS ON

FOOD STAMPS

7%

1.3X REST OF WY WORKFORCE

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%

The industry projects employment will continue to grow at the rate of 7% over the next decade.

H INDUSTRY PROJECTED SALES 2014 1 BILLION

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.

MINIMIM TIPPED WAGE STIMULUS $10.10 $12.7 $12.00 $19.4 $15.00 $30.1 BILLION
MINIMIM
TIPPED
WAGE
STIMULUS
$10.10
$12.7
$12.00
$19.4
$15.00
$30.1
BILLION