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EDITORIAL: A tip to reform minimum wage

Opinion

Editorial, PRESS-ENTERPRISE REGISTER

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Employers also note that raising the minimum wage is increasing the pay gap between higher-earning servers and bartenders and lower-paid back-of-the-house workers such as cooks and dishwashers, since they have to pay the relatively higher earners more, leaving less to allocate to the lower earners. The pay discrepancies can be significant. According to a 2012 survey by the National University System Institute for Policy Research, restaurant servers and bartenders in San Diego earn an average of $28.75 per hour – more than three times the minimum wage.