House Bill 258, which will cut the minimum wage for Missouri's servers from $3.52 an hour to $2.13, is expected to be debated on the House floor tomorrow.
HB 258 conflicts with Proposition B, which passed by a remarkable 76.4% in 2006. Prop B raised the minimum wage for all Missourians, including waiters and waitresses.
The average hourly wage for servers, with tips, is $7.19 in Missouri.
Some more facts on servers' wages:
- Current hourly minimum wage for tipped employees: $3.525
- Minimum wage for tipped employees proposed under SB 258: $2.13
- Minimum wage for tipped employees 15 years ago, in 1994: $2.13
- Increase in the cost of living since 1994: 66%
- Estimated number of waiters and waitresses in Missouri (2007): 53, 2401
- Average hourly wage after tips of a waiter/waitress in Missouri (2007): $16,780 1
- Estimated lost wages to waiters and waitresses alone in Missouri if 258 passes: $155,003,472 2
- Percentage of Missourians that voted in favor of increasing minimum wage for food servers and other tipped employees in 2006: 76.4%
- Percentage of Missouri counties that voted to raise the minimum wage for tipped employees by a margin 16 points or more: 100%