Common Dreams - In every state, according to research by People’s Action Institute, the minimum wage falls far short of an actual living wage. In Alabama, the $7.25 minimum wage is 47 percent of the $15.49 needed to make ends meet there. In California, the $10 minimum wage is about half of the $19.90 it takes for a single adult there to get by.
This table from the report compares the minimum wage in 50 states and D.C. to the living wage for that state.
“A $15 minimum wage is a modest demand,” said Allyson Fredericksen,
deputy director of research and author of the report. “In urban and
rural states across the country, the living wage is consistently far
higher than the minimum wage, and higher than most people would guess.”