Five Companies That Have No Excuse to Pay Workers Poverty Wages (But Do So Anyway)

By Sahid Fawaz

Why do so many employees in fast food and retail rely on food stamps? One word: greed. The money is there but, as you can see from the numbers below, companies refuse to share the wealth that the employees create.

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1. Yum Brands (owns Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut)

CEO Pay: $12.4 million

Company revenue: $5.7 billion

Company profits: $1.3 billion

Employee pay (median full and part-time): $9,111/year 

2. Walmart

CEO Pay: $22.8 million

Company revenue: $500 billion

Company profits: $9.8 billion

Employee pay: $19,177/year

3. TJX (owns TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods)

CEO Pay: $18 million

Company revenue: $35.9 billion

Company profits: $2.6 billion

Employee pay: $22,000/year

4. Amazon

CEO Pay: $1.6 million (net worth $120 billion)

Company revenue: $178 billion

Company profits: $3 billion

Employee pay: $28,000/year

5. McDonald’s

CEO Pay: $15.4 million

Company revenue: $23 billion

Company profits: $5 billion

Employee pay: $19,000/year

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