The vast majority of workers who would benefit from an increase to the minimum wage are not teens—most are 25 or older

Projected share of workers benefiting from an increase to $15 by 2024 who are 19 or under versus 20 or older

Share of affected workers
Age 19 or younger 9.3%
Age 20 or older 90.7%

Share of affected workers who are in each age category

Under age 25 Ages 25–39 Ages 40–54 Ages 55+
32.5% 33.6% 19.3% 14.6%


Source: Economic Policy Institute Minimum Wage Simulation Model using data from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Congressional Budget Office. See Cooper, Mokhiber, and Zipperer 2019.

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