The percentage of workers in the workforce that are compensated at the minimum wage rate is among the highest in West Virginia, where 7.4% of the workers are paid at the minimum wage rate.
The national percentage of workers that are at the minimum wage rate averages 5.2%. This represents a percentage in West Virginia that is 42% higher than the national average. Of the 462,000 workers, 20,000 earned exactly the Federal Minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. In 2006, the percentage was only 3.0%. In 2010 the percentage of West Virginia workers that were paid the federal minimum wage peaked as high as 9.3% of the workforce. The percentage of these workers that were women peaked as high as 68%