Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage InfographicEvery woman deserves a fair wage.

Did you know that a full-time worker earning minimum wage in Illinois makes just over $17,000 a year? Could you and your family pay for rent, utilities, groceries, transportation, and medical care on that? Unlikely. But that’s precisely what too many workers are forced to do. The majority of minimum wage earners aren’t teenagers, but women and men supporting families. In fact, 80 percent of minimum wage workers are adults, and 59 percent are women.

As part of a statewide coalition of advocates, Women Employed is leading the charge to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $15.00 over the next five years. Here are a few reasons why:

  • A working person making Illinois’ current minimum wage of $8.25 an hour earns just $17,160 annually. 
  • Nearly 40 percent of Illinois workers will receive a raise if we increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2022. 
  • Illinois taxpayers could save over $1 billion a year in public subsidies as more workers will be earning enough to support themselves.
  • A higher minimum wage puts money in the pockets of people who will spend it, spurs economic activity, and would generate new jobs.


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Read even more about the benefits of raising Illinois’ minimum wage. Read article »

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The Illinois House and Senate have passed a bill to raise the state minimum wage to $15 by 2022! Tell Governor Rauner to sign it into law »

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