and of that 51.2% or 861,000 are between 16 years and 24 years old. Of the 76.5 million people paid by the hour in the United States in 2006, 2.2% make minimum wage or less. Here are some generalizations we can make about minimum wage workers: Most minimum wage earners are young. While 2.2% of all hourly workers earn minimum wage or less, just 1.4% of workers over the age of 25 are paid at or below the Federal minimum wage. More than half (51.2%) of minimum wage workers are between 16 and 24 years old. Another 21.2% are between 25 and 34 Who Earns Minimum Wage? A Statistical Profile SO WHAT's THE PROBLEM??? YOU WANT TEENAGERS TO MAKE $40,000 A YEAR FLIPPING BURGERS???