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I’m making $21 an hour at McDonald’s. Why aren’t you? | The Great Debate

No, that isn’t a typo. It’s really my salary.

You see, I work for McDonald’s in Denmark, where an agreement between our union and the company guarantees that workers older than 18 are paid at least $21 an hour. Employees younger than 18 make at least $15 — meaning teenagers working at McDonald’s in Denmark make more than two times what many adults in America earn working at the Golden Arches.

Uh huh.

What it’s like to eat at McDonald’s in Denmark – Matador Network

McDonald’s in Denmark look like McDonald’s everywhere else — complete with campy primary colors, golden arches, and plastic tables and chairs lit by bright, fluorescent light. Menus are in Danish of course, and offerings often have less saturated fats and calories than their American equivalents. The price of the food is also different — Gudmundsen’s meal for two cost over US$50.

I did a cursory search that didn’t turn up anything, but I’d like to see how the employee-per-store ratios compare between the US and Denmark, and I’d also like to see somebody factor in employer-paid health insurance in the US (yes, McDonalds does offer it in some cases) versus the socialized medicine version in Denmark.

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You Deserve a Break Today – In Your Left Leg — 5 Comments

  1. I tried and failed to find a cost of living graph for Denmark, showing hours needed to work to pay typical rent, typical month’s groceries, typical meal at a fast food restaurant. That would be in terms of after-tax dollars for various occupations; when the tax rate is over 50%, nominal income doesn’t mean much.*

    * But we Americans can’t hold our heads up. Our total tax burden is approaching that of traditionally very highly Scandinavia.

  2. Hey, this throws that story I mentioned t’other day about McDonalds buying thousands of automated ordering kiosks for use in Europe in sharp relief, doesn’t it?

    Enjoy your $21/hr wage when you’re out of a job, schmuck.

  3. Country Day of year % burden Date of year
    Austria 191 52.2% 10 July
    Belgium 215 58.5% 3 August
    Bulgaria 145 39.5% 25 May
    Cyprus 72 19.4% 13 March
    Czech Rep. 165 44.9% 14 June
    Denmark 168 45.7% 17 June
    Estonia 150 40.7% 30 May
    Finland 166 45.2% 15 June
    France 207 56.4% 26 July
    Germany 200 54.6% 19 July
    Greece 164 44.6% 13 June
    Hungary 218 59.4% 6 August
    Ireland 117 31.9% 27 April
    Italy 169 46.0% 18 June
    Latvia 161 43.7% 10 June
    Lithuania 167 45.4% 16 June
    Luxembourg 135 36.8% 15 May
    Malta 99 26.8% 9 April
    Netherlands 184 50.2% 03 Jul
    Poland 160 43.6% 9 June
    Portugal 150 40.9% 30 May
    Romania 178 48.6% 27 June
    Slovakia 167 45.5% 16 June
    Slovenia 164 44.7% 13 June
    Spain 136 37.0% 16 May
    Sweden 181 49.4% 30 June
    United Kingdom 134 36.3% 13 May

  4. Cost Of Living Comparison Between Denmark And United States

    Indices Difference Info
    Consumer Prices in United States are 33.88% lower than in Denmark
    Consumer Prices Including Rent in United States are 28.22% lower than in Denmark
    Rent Prices in United States are 11.34% lower than in Denmark
    Restaurant Prices in United States are 50.74% lower than in Denmark
    Groceries Prices in United States are 20.28% lower than in Denmark
    Local Purchasing Power in United States is 37.50% higher than in Denmark

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