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Underpaid? 5 Jobs That Deserve Higher Pay Than Minimum Wage

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If you’re currently earning the minimum wage, there’s a good chance you’re unhappy with what you’re making. Truthfully, a lot of people who are making far above the minimum wage are unhappy with what they are making too, but people earning minimum wage should often be making more. There’s a good argument for having a minimum because in theory, it makes sure people can survive on the amount they make, but of course, that isn’t always true.

The current minimum wage is $7.25, but many states have their own minimum wage rules as well. An increase in the minimum wage may not be a win-win situation, though. Still, there are some jobs that definitely should pay more than the minimum wage. Here are five jobs that should pay more than minimum wage.

1. Retail and sales

If you’ve worked in retail, you probably know just how awful it can be. Some people really enjoy working in retail, and it can be an ideal job for people who are social and patient. However, working in retail can be demanding, and employees often work long and monotonous hours. Another problem with retail is that workers often face very angry customers, and some customers take their anger out on employees even if their problem is unrelated to anything the employee did. Although some people would argue that retail jobs require less skills, and therefore should pay minimum wage, it is also true that retail jobs require a lot of patience and the ability to stay cool in difficult situations.

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