10 chains that pay above minimum wage

In 2009 the federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25 an hour—and hasn’t budged since. For a full-time worker putting in a 40-hour week, that's just $58 a day, or $290 a week, before taxes. A report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition reveals that more than three-quarters of renters live in a region where minimum wage workers would have to toil for more than 60 hours a week just to afford a one-bedroom apartment. Around 20.6 million Americans—nearly one hourly worker in three—works at or near minimum wage.
Today, however, unemployment levels are lower than they've been since the end of World War II. The roaring economy has created what MarketWatch refers to as a "battle for unskilled workers.” These workers are largely the kind who have historically filled the ranks at America's large chains, which have long been associated with minimum-wage work. The contest for workers is prompting some of America's biggest chains to raise minimum wages and beef up benefits packages to lure new employees.