For most low-wage workers, the federal minimum wage, which stands at $7.25, isn’t enough to make ends meet. Even in Hanson County, South Dakota, America’s cheapest county, a single full-time worker needs to earn $10.20 per hour -- nearly $3 more than the federal minimum wage -- to afford basic needs.
That's why many of these workers have been the subject of battles in the streets of New York City, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, the halls of Congress and more. But many Americans don’t actually know who they are.
Here's a look at who actually earns the minimum wage:
This story appears in Issue 70 of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, available Friday, Oct. 11 in the iTunes App store.