McDonald’s to employees: Get a second job!

A website designed to guide low-wage employees really proves it's nearly impossible to live on the minimum wage

Topics: McDonalds, Minimum wage, Visa, Fast food, Low-income, low-income households,

McDonald’s and Visa joined forces on a new website, including what was intended to be a guide for the fast food company’s low-wage employees on how to live on their salaries, an average of $8.25 an hour. But the guide indirectly demonstrates how difficult it is to live on the minimum wage.

As ThinkProgress pointed out, the sample budget initially included no monthly allotment for things like food, clothing and heat, and only $20 for something like healthcare. The list also assumes that an employee will have a second job — and work something close to 72 hours a week. (The $1,105 is a 40-hour week at the national minimum wage; then they assume another $955 from another job.)

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The company appeared to have updated the budget on Tuesday, adding a $50 per month heating allowance. Here’s the original image, via a screenshot taken by ThinkProgress:

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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