In the United States, the subject of today's WordMaster edition began in 1938 at $0.25 per hour and over the next 70 years gradually rose to $6.55 per hour. In Tokyo, it's currently at 766 yen per hour.
When it comes time to sell your precious human labor, here's the starting bid!
- The minimum wage is the smallest amount of money that an employer can legally pay a worker for an hour of work.
Be Careful! The expression minimum wage is often used without an article (= a word like “a” or “the”), as in “He makes minimum wage.”
- minimum wage とは、１時間の労働に対して、雇用主が労働者に法的に支払うことができる最低の金額、つまり、最低賃金のことです。
注意： minimum wage は、He makes minimum wage. のように、冠詞（ a や the のような語）を付けずに使われることがよくあります。
- The minimum wage in the United States will become $7.25 an hour as of July 24th, 2009.
- Many small business owners are against the minimum wage increase. They say it will increase the cost of doing business and make small businesses less competitive.
- When I was in college, I used to work in the national parks every summer. I only made minimum wage, but I had a great time.
- It's hard to support a family on just minimum wage.
- (restaurant manager)
We pay our wait staff minimum wage, but they usually make double that in tips.
Thanks for your time today!