In 2012, 758,000 workers in Utah age 16 and over were paid at hourly rates. Among those paid by the hour, roughly 21,000 earned exactly the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. About 16,000 had wages below the federal minimum. Together, these 37,000 workers with wages at or below the federal minimum made up 4.9 percent of all hourly paid workers—just slightly higher than the U.S. average of 4.7 percent.
Interestingly, Utah’s northern neighbor, Idaho, showed the highest state rate of hourly workers making at or below the minimum wage (7.7 percent). Other high-share minimum-wage worker states tended to congregate in the south. The west coast generally showed the lowest percentage of minimum-wage workers.
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