In the U.S. We have a minimum wage (minimum hourly pay). It is the wage/pay, an employer must pay their employee per an hour.
In Connecticut, the current minimum wage is $14 an hour. In Massachusetts, it is $14.25.
If you go to the movies at night, the ticket is $12.50. Right now, a gallon of gas is over $4.00.
It is very hard to survive on minimum wage in America.