Whats the minimum wage in the U.S.? Cause I think it's a lot higher in Canada, and still rising, which also contributes, but I think someone already said that
The federal minimum wage is $6.55 an hour, which is going up to $7.25 an hour next year. Many states set theirs higher than that, though. Waitstaff (along with farmers and some seasonal laborers) are excepted, though, so it usually something like $3.00, if you are in a tip system. Here is how it breaks down for waitstaff by state:
Also, Torontians and Vancouverites, depending on Asian influences in each area
My BIL and step-sister are both in the restaurant industry in Toronto. BIL is a bartender in a sports bar and step-sis is a waitress in an expensive steakhouse and both have no trouble making 20% off the average person. But they are always bitching about the French-Canadians (and some Europeans who only leave a few coins). Haven't heard anything bad about Asians.