Currently, the average minimum wage worker makes about
$15,080 per year if she or he is working fulltime (federal minimum wage has
been $7.25/hour since 2009). For a family of two or more that is well below the
federal poverty line. According to Catholic Social Teaching, a living wage is
integral to our understanding of work. Wages must allow workers to provide for
themselves and their families, and yet this is hardly
possible if one is dependent on the current minimum wage.