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Who makes minimum wage?

February 13, 2013: 2:56 PM ET

Who would benefit if the minimum wage rose from $7.25 to $9 an hour?

As of 2011, about 3.8 million hourly workers earned at or below the minimum wage, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of these people, about 49% are women age 20 or older, 59% have a high school diploma or less, and about 24% are teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19.


Overall, these 3.8 million workers make up 5.2% of all U.S. workers paid an hourly rate. (The data does not include workers on fixed annual salaries or weekly rates).

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Annalyn Kurtz is a senior writer at CNNMoney, where she covers America's jobs crisis, Federal Reserve policy and other economic news. Before joining the site in 2010, she served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Prague and interned at Fortune Small Business magazine. @annalynkurtz

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