It's got nothing to do with wages. Should you pay a guy who is training to learn how to run the fryer at McDonalds $15 an hour? If so you can kiss about 100,000 fry cook jobs away plus the dollar menu as well. Minimum wage is paid to people with no skills. Not our problem if sombody without any marketable skills has 3 kids. If you earn minimum wage for salary, maybe it has something to do with your report card!