More than 4.8 million workers now earn the lowest legal pay. This calculator, for a single childless worker, shows the hard choices that have to be made living on the smallest paychecks.
Start by choosing your state:
The minimum wage in New York is $8.00 an hour - D.C. $8.25. Tally your living expenses by entering what you think is the least you need for each item. You may find that even your rock-bottom expenses aren’t met and that you have to work more hours, pay your bills late, borrow money or do without. Try the interactive!
Mine? "With your current spending, you need to work at least an additional 77 hours a week to make ends meet, or you’ll pile up $32,928 in debt by the end of the year."