What does it mean to be a low-wage worker in America today? Despite economic growth, wages have been stagnant, with the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour unchanged since 2009.

So how do low-wage workers make ends meet? And what can be done to enhance their well-being and quality of life?

Understanding the struggles and strengths of low-wage workers is the first step in answering these questions.

The Pittsburgh Wage Study is a multi-year, mixed methods research program investigating the lives of low-wage workers and the impacts of incremental wage increases on their and their families’ well-being. Led by Pitt School of Social Work faculty, the study generates information that can ultimately help advocates, policy makers, and employers ensure that Pittsburgh is a livable city for all of its citizens.

  • To learn more about the Pittsburgh Wage Study, Click here.
  • Interested in reading more about our research? Click here.
  • Want to find out about our involvement in the community and the policy arena? Click here
  • For information about the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, Click here