Minimum Wage Survey Methodology

Overview:

We determine the percentage of people who answer "Yes" and "No" to the question "Do you think the minimum wage should be raised to $15/hour?" We provide the percentages based on gender, degree level, age, U.S. state, the U.S. Census regions, income level, income level+gender, industry, job family, and job level.

Data Collection and Sample:

Data was collected from December 9, 2013 to December 19, 2013. A total of 10,686 people were surveyed.

Definitions:

Generation Y: People who were born between 1982 and 2002.

Generation X: People who were born between 1965 and 1981.

Baby Boomers: People who were born between 1946 and 1964.

U.S. Census Regions: Based on U.S. Census Bureau Census Regions and Divisions of the United States (http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/maps/pdfs/reference/us_regdiv.pdf).

Total Cash Compensation (TCC): TCC combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable. For example, when overtime is typical for a given job, TCC also includes overtime pay. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or value of other non-cash benefits (e.g., healthcare).

Median Pay: The median pay is the national median (50th Percentile) annual total cash compensation. Half the people doing the job earn more than the median, while half earn less. Range in pay within a job can be very wide depending upon years of experience, scope of responsibility, number of employees, etc. For example, pay can be higher than the stated median pay if the worker has higher levels of experience and responsibility or they work at a larger company.

Income: Divided into ranges: people whose TCC is less than $25,000, people whose TCC is between $25,000 and $50,000, people whose TCC is between $50,000 and $75,000, people whose TCC is between $75,000 and $100,000, people whose TCC is between $100,000 and $200,000, and people whose TCC is greater than $200,000.

Income+Gender: People whose TCC is within a certain income range and are a certain gender.

Degree level: This is the maximum degree level a person possesses.

Industry: Based on the industry classifications provided by the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS; http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/sssd/naics/naicsrch?chart=2012).

Job Family: Based on the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) (http://www.onetcenter.org) taxonomy of occupations.

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