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 OCCUPATIONS
TIPPED
MINIMUM WAGE
$2.13
MINIMUM WAGE
$7.25
MEDIAN WAGE FOR
TIPPED WORKERS
INCLUDING TIPS
$8.50
GENDER
71%
2
9
%
TIPPED WORKERS WHO
WORK IN RESTAURANTS
71%
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
www.rocunited.org
BUSSERS, RUNNERS, AND
BARTENDER ASSISTANTS
SERVERS
COUNTER ATTENDANTS
SOUT H CAROL I NA
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 72%
Black 17%
Latino 5%
Asian 4%
Other 3%
<_
24 40%
25-34 29%
35-44 15%
45+ 16%
RACE
AGE
HIGHER EDUCATION
EDUCATION
PARENTS WITH CHILDREN
ON FREE LUNCHES
46%
MARITAL &
PARENTAL
STATUS
56
%
Married 23%
Parents 30%
Dads 9%
Moms 39%
Single Moms 21%
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TIPPED RESTAURANT WORKERS
live in POVERTY
at 3X the rate of the
South Carolina 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 12% over the next decade.
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MINIMIM
WAGE
$10.10
$12.00
$15.00
TIPPED
STIMULUS
$12.7
$19.4
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