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More than half of snow and ice managers (53%) indicated they compensate their hourly employees at a rate that exceeds $15 per hour, according to the survey data. While nearly a quarter (23%) of snow and ice management respondents believe the minimum wage should remain unchanged at $7.25 per hour, the majority (53%) believe it should be raised by at least $3 per hour or more.

When compared against respondents performing snow and ice management, the majority of all survey respondents (54%) did not pay their hourly employees more than $15 per hour. Likewise, more than half (54%) agreed the minimum wage should be raised by at least $3 per hour, and slightly less (21%) indicated the minimum wage should remain unchanged.

On an interesting side note, the data indicates nearly half (44%) of snow contractors who already pay hourly employees $15 per hour advocated for a $5 or more per hour pay increase of the minimum wage. The greatest percent (20%) of snow professionals who did not already pay hourly employees $15 per hour indicated they believed the federal minimum wage should be increased by $3 per hour.