As you're probably aware, low-wage earners across the country intensified their push for a $15 per hour minimum wage by waging a national day of protest on Tuesday. We took a look at the numbers from the US Bureau of Statistics to see which Illinois jobs had the lowest hourly wages.

Members of the Fight for 15 movement held a “Day of Disruption” as fast food workers and airport employees from 340 cities across the United States called for higher pay and fairer working conditions. Dozens were arrested during the demonstrations. In Chicago, workers at McDonald’s, O’Hare International Airport, rideshare drivers and hospital workers walked off the job. A demonstration in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood blocked off traffic. At least 50 people were ticketed outside the local McDonald’s. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. In Illinois, it’s $8.25. Chicago, by law, pays its employees a minimum of $10.50 an hour. That amount will rise to $13 in July 2019.

So, which positions are drawing the lowest pay here in the Land of Lincoln? We'll list the job first, followed by the median hourly wage for that job:

  • Fast food workers ($9.17)
  • Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers ($9.22)
  • Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop ($9.24)
  • Cashiers ($9.28)
  • Childcare worker ($9.77)
  • Short-order cook ($9.99)
  • Laundry and dry cleaning workers ($10.01)
  • Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks ($10.11)
  • Retail sales person ($10.47)
  • Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers ($10.68)
  • Janitors and cleaners, (not including maids and house keeping cleaners) ($11.27)
  • Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians ($11.41)
  • Funeral attendants ($11.43)
  • Nursing assistant ($12.36)
  • Transportation attendants, except flight attendants ($12.47)
  • Tellers ($12.70)
  • Butchers and meat cutters ($14.88)
  • Radio and television announcers ($14.88) 

Feeling pretty darn good about myself after looking at that last one...

Now, let's switch gears and have a highly caffeinated, very chipper British woman tell us about the people making the big bucks:


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