The majority of employers are in favor of raising state minimum wages, according to a survey by Careerbuilder, who found that two-thirds of them were in favor of doing so.

But why have employers — historically opposed to minimum wage hikes —  turned into supporters? Here's what CareerBuilder's Harris Poll of 2,188 HR professionals found from employers who want an increase in their state minimum wage:

  • It can improve the standard of living: 74 percent
  • It can have a positive effect on employee retention: 58 percent
  • It can help bolster the economy: 55 percent
  • It can increase consumer spending: 53 percent
  • Employees may be more productive/deliver higher quality work: 48 percent
  • It can afford workers the opportunity to pursue more training or education: 39 percent

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They were also asked what they thought the minimum wage should be increased to. (Current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.) Here's what supporters of an increase said:

  • $8 or $9 per hour: 29 percent
  • $10 per hour: 29 percent
  • $11-$14 per hour: 19 percent
  • $15 or more per hour: 7 percent
  • No set minimum wage: 9 percent

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.