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Minimum wage?

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I am moving to St. thomas and was wondering what the minimum wage is? I am planning on working in food service as a waitress or at a resort what do each of them usually pay? I know in some states in the U.S. they pay less to waitresses because of tips is it the same there?

Thanks for your help

Posted : December 5, 2008 3:17 am
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Look under FAQ's up above. You'll find pay ranges for all kinds of jobs.

Posted : December 5, 2008 9:58 am
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Minimum wage is $6.55 just like stateside, what they pay waiters may be different. It seems like every state pays food servers a little differently.

I think those faqs are out dated or best case scenarios. You rarely get the best case scenarios when you first come down. Good jobs require networking. It is usually about who you know and your reputation. The places that are hiring are usually the places that are always hiring, because they go through there help like water. It feels like we have more then our fair share of these type of employers but maybe its just because the islands are small and what happens on stx, everyone knows about.

But you are moving to stt and maybe its all different there. 😉

I'm sure you get some people in the biz that will give you the low down.

Posted : December 5, 2008 10:32 am
Marty on STT
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I think my room-mate is only getting something like $2.75/hr + tips at Havana Blue...

Posted : December 5, 2008 11:10 am
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i live on st. croix and get $4/hour at cheeseburgers. i used to get $6 at chenay bay, i know some people who get $2-3. Some places will do a shift pay at the end of the night - $20+

Posted : December 5, 2008 12:24 pm
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Federal min wage are to be found on the Labor Laws info poster required to be posted at every business with emplotees (usually by the timeclock) but NOT required to be read or pointed out to said employees. If read, it will be discovered that while waitstaff can be paid a lower min wage due to the collection of gratuities, if the equivilent of 40 hours at standard min wage is not reached the the business must make up the difference. The reason why this is rarely enforced by the waitstaff is that they would then be required to daily tally their gratuities and have said verified by the business for tax reporting purposes, and most waitstaff like to under-report their earnings to evade the taxes that are due.

So...there is a Fed min wage for waitstaff -

Posted : December 5, 2008 5:58 pm
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Looked it up the maxium in Unemployment benefits is $475.00 per week! That's way better that most of the states provide.

Posted : December 5, 2008 7:14 pm
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