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
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.

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Mark Marquez
Feb 10, 2014 8:57 AM CST
Where can I go in this country where I can pay for a lower price beer in a bar and also smoke my cigars?
Mark Marquez
Feb 10, 2014 8:55 AM CST
All started under Reagan called "luxury tax" putting again the burden on the middle and lower class in America and blue collar workers who enjoy their beer in bars, not bar and grills, but bars. Then cigarettes were added again to those who are venerable, that politicians don't campaign in bars as they use too. Then MADD wants a piece of the pie making it a horrible prosecution on those who can't afford nothing but what politicians and lobbyists want.
Feb 9, 2014 7:59 PM CST
I hate to inform the idiot that wrote this story, BUT Puerto Rico is a part of the USA. It is a Commonwealth, like Massachusetts, Virginia and Kentucky, to name a few. Moron-Matt!