Even if you make $11 an hour and work full time (40 hours), your annual income would be below the poverty line ($23,050) before taxes. The nations minimum wage is set at $7.25 an hour.
This. This this this. And that is before income [tax]. So your net is much, much lower, and the poverty line should be net and not gross. It’s funny, because I just got offered a phenomenal job - Or what I consider to be a phenomenal job, anyway - And they’re starting me at $10.50 an hour, 30 hours a week. Mrrgh.
My nation is a joke. It makes me sad.