In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on lawmakers to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour. What Obama didn't share is that there are workers in the U.S. that still make far below $7.25 an hour.
Check out this list of 9 jobs that can pay less than minimum wage:
Selling drugs may be less lucrative than you think. Given a skewed distribution of wages, <a href="http://www.nber.org/papers/w6592">many street-level drug runners earn less than minimum wage</a>, according to a report from the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Contracted Farm Workers
Some farm workers aren't paid per per hour, but are instead paid for the amount of work they do (ie. per bucket of apples). <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/10/california-farm-workers-low-wages_n_923941.html">Such workers rarely collect enough</a> to equate making the minimum wage.
RNC Convention Workers
A Huffington Post report found that RNC <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/31/rnc-convention-workers-minimum-wage_n_1844836.html">convention workers earned </a>less than minimum wage for their work.
Relying mostly on <a href="http://www.dol.gov/compliance/guide/minwage.htm">tips</a>, strippers can walk away from a shift earning less than you may think.
Snow Removal Workers
It doesn't matter how labor intensive this job is -- snow removal workers are usually paid under the table and can earn less than $7.25 an hour.
If no one comes to your stand, than you're not earning anything at all.
Taxi drivers have to pay for everything from taxi dispatcher fees to credit card processing costs. After that, they can walk away with<a href="http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local/story/Report-Portland-cab-drivers-earn-significantly/kCA7Nrcay0CugjXmF4_I4g.cspx"> just $6 an hour </a>or less.
Odd job trash removal gigs that are paid in cash can earn less than the federal minimum wage.
Depending on the day -- and on luck -- ticket scalpers can walk away from events in the hole rather than earning anything at all.
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