How Long It Takes to Earn a Beer on Minimum Wage 15 hours in country of Georgia; 12 minutes in Puerto Rico By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Feb 8, 2014 4:01 PM CST 76 comments Comments For Bangladeshis on minimum wage, it takes 13 hours of work to get a beer. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – For a minimum-wage worker in Bangladesh, grabbing a cold one after work amounts to a serious investment. To afford a beer, that employee must toil for 13.4 hours, according to an analysis by Quartz. The report compares the price of a half-liter of beer in a country's bars with that country's minimum wage. Among the results: Beer-seekers will have the hardest time in Georgia, where it takes 15.1 hours of minimum-wage work to earn a drink. Puerto Rico is at the opposite end of the spectrum: Work for 12 minutes on minimum wage, and you can pay for a beer. US workers have to work for twice as long as those in Puerto Rico; at 24 minutes, the US rate matches those of Canada, Spain, Taiwan, Germany, and Japan, among others. After Georgia and Bangladesh, the countries facing the most work per beer are Libya (7.5 hours) and Ethiopia (6.6 hours). Luxembourg, Australia, and Cyprus are runners-up for the briefest periods of toil, at 18 minutes per beer.