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To get a good job, you need a first job

Fight for $50,000-a-year careers by expanding entry-level training opportunities that provide employees with the skills to earn middle-class incomes.

In contrast, the Fight for a $15 minimum wage reduces job opportunities and cuts off the bottom rung of the career ladder that is needed for employees to quickly climb it.

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Raise the wage ceiling by protecting the wage floor

There are currently more than 7 million national job openings, roughly half of which are middle-class jobs that pay approximately $50,000 a year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree.

Policies should focus on equipping Americans with the skills necessary to shift into these well-paying jobs.

The Fight for $50,000 can provide middle-class careers; the Fight for a $15 minimum wage threatens entry-level job opportunities because many low-margin small businesses cannot absorb its costs and are forced to shed jobs or close altogether.

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$50,000 Careers

The Department of Labor projects tens of thousands of job openings, which don’t require a bachelor’s degree, in each of the following middle-class fields:

Dental Hygenists $72,500
Electrical Line Installers $61,500
Police $60,500
Sales Rep $59,000
Respitory Therapist $58,000
Property Managers $55,500
Occupational Therapist $55,000
Electricians $52,000
Computer support technicians $51,500
Medical and Lab Techs $51,000
Plumbers and Pipefitters $50,500
Paralegals and Legal Assistants $48,810
Mechanics $48,500
Truck Service Techs $45,000
HVAC Mechanics $45,000
Construction Equipment Operators $44,000
Physical Therapist Assistants $43,000
Machinists $42,000
Chefs and Head Cooks $42,000
Specialty Tradespeople (Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers) $41,000
Correction Officers $41,000
Truck Drivers $40,500
Masonry Workers $40,000
Autobody Repair $40,000

Join The Fight

Tell your legislator that $50,000 careers are better than $15 jobs