Minimum Wage Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old minimum wage quotes, minimum wage sayings, and minimum wage proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Raising the minimum wage a lot across the board would make a big difference. It's not the only thing, but it's an indispensable part of solving the problem.     

Nick Hanauer

Giving a minimum wage reduces inequality significantly.     

Winnie Byanyima

The only way to grow the economy in a way that benefits the bottom 90 percent is to change the structure of the economy. At the least, this requires stronger unions and a higher minimum wage.     

Robert Reich

The minimum wage can play a vital role in lifting hard-working families above the poverty line.     

Adam Cohen

The value of the minimum wage shouldn't be eroded, and it has been.     

Robert J. Garagiola

The wage earner relies upon the ventures of confident and contented capital. This failing him, his condition is without alleviation, for he can neither prey on the misfortune of others nor hoard his labor.     

Grover Cleveland

The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs. This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy.     

Jerry Brown

Being unemployed - or working at minimum wage - is rough in the best of circumstances.     

Adam Cohen

For many young people, the minimum wage is a stepping stone to higher employment levels.     

Bruce Rauner

A minimum-wage law is, in reality, a law that makes it illegal for an employer to hire a person with limited skills.     

Milton Friedman

Minimum-wage laws are one of the most powerful tools in the arsenal of racists.     

Walter E. Williams

There's enormous progressive activism and, more often than not, success at the grassroots level - everything from living wage campaigns to efforts to finance our elections are having terrific success.     

Jim Hightower

Remember that the minimum wage law provides no jobs; it only outlaws them; and outlawed jobs are the inevitable result.     

Murray Rothbard

The real minimum wage is zero.     

Thomas Sowell

Increasing minimum wage doesn't build a stronger economy.     

Karen Handel

Raising the minimum wage seems to all economists to, at the very least, fail to 'raise' employment, and we'd all like to see better inclusion of low-skilled workers into good-paying jobs.     

Edmund Phelps

Pay minimum wage, you get minimum work. Nobody seems to get that.     

Sue Grafton

Raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do, but it's a popular thing to do as well.     

Nancy Pelosi

If a man or a woman puts in an honest day's work, they should to be able to earn a living wage.     

Richard J. Codey

Our attitude is that if you hire good people and pay them a fair wage, then good things will happen for the company.     

James Sinegal

No family gets rich from earning the minimum wage. In fact, the current minimum wage does not even lift a family out of poverty.     

Jon Corzine

Today a minimum wage earner has to work a day and a half just to pay for a full tank of gas. That is simply shameful.     

Bill Pascrell

The minimum wage should be a living wage.     

Jon Ossoff

Minimum wage laws make it illegal for a worker to accept a job that pays less, even if the worker needs that job.     

Peter Schiff

This is a sensible response to employer concerns that the minimum wage is starting to have a damaging impact on competitiveness.     

Digby Jones

The minimum wage was due for an increase, but it was important that we offset its cost to small businesses.     

J. D. Hayworth

The minimum wage is the black teenage unemployment act. It is the guaranteed way of holding the poor, the minorities and the disenfranchised out of the mainstream is if you price their original services too high.     

Arthur Laffer

Minimum wage laws have never worked in terms of having the middle class attain more prosperity.     

Marco Rubio

The minimum wage is mostly an entry-level wage for young people.     

Mitch McConnell

It's a mistake to think that any increase in wages is inflationary and there is substantial room for non-inflationary wage growth, particularly at the bottom end of the scale.     

Jared Bernstein