Minimum wage: international comparisons

By Christopher B. Daly

Thanks to Wikipedia, here is a chart showing how the current U.S. minimum wage compares to the minima in other countries (at least, those that have a minimum.)

For handy reference, below is the same chart reorganized a bit. What I did was to sort the annual wage column (the amount a person in a given country would earn by toiling at the minimum for an entire year) in a descending fashion. So here you can see, already converted into US$, how we stack up. We are #12 on the list.

(Note: some countries were excluded for various reasons; if they were counted here, I bet that Sweden, Norway, and Germany would all rank ahead of the USA.)

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The list goes on and on, but I could only capture so much in a single screen shot.


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