Before applying at Mars, Wells had worked in food service, earning $13 an hour. She saw Mars as a step up since it paid $15.50 and promised steady work, unlike the food business during the pandemic. But it didn’t quite work out that way. For some weeks, when she missed a day or when the packers filled their quotas and got sent home early, she barely took home $300 a week.
We’re not told what her regular hours were. So, we don’t know what it should be at $15.50 an hour for a week’s work.
But note something else. The switch is made from the pre-tax wage per hour to the post tax take home pay. And yes, income tax would be paid on a full time $15.50 an hour job – the standard deduction is at about $6 an hour for full time work. Oh, and FICA must be paid from $0.01 cents of earnings.