Everyone works for minimum wage at some point in their working careers. Minimum wage is defined as the lowest wage permitted by law. It varies across the country and around the world. Making minimum wage isn’t ideal, but it does mean that you’ve got a job and are collecting a paycheck. That’s a good thing, right?

Learn more about minimum wage

Ideally we all want to make six figure incomes, but many of us start working at minimum wage jobs. It’s just a way of life. Minimum wage jobs are a necessary part of our economy and we all have to put in our time in those positions. It’s a part of the  working world’s reality.

It’s super difficult to compare minimum wages around the world. Every country determines minimum wage differently. It may be based on region, industry, collective bargaining, or age. Other countries don’t even have a minimum wage. Some places have a high cost of living and others have no minimum wage enforcement at all. With so many variables, it’s hard to compare minimum wages.

As you can see, calculating minimum wage across the world is a challenging task. The Richest has made a noble attempt at compiling a list of the highest annual minimum wages in the world. They have converted their list to US dollars and have not included any mandatory deductions like taxes, welfare, or social security.

Here are the highest minimum wages per year in the world:

10. Switzerland – $15,457 per year
9. San Marino – $15,707 per year
8. New Zealand – $16,462 per year
7. Canada – $16,710 per year
6. France – $17,108 per year
5. United Kingdom – $18,428.24 per year
4. Belgium – $18.813 per year
3. Ireland – $18,965 per year
2. Luxembourg – $19,426 per year
1. Netherlands – $23,029 per year

It’s interesting to look at which countries pay their minimum wage workers the most, isn’t it? Do you know what the minimum wage is where you live? If you live in the US, find out from the Department of Labor. You can also learn a lot about minimum wage from MinimumWage.com.

If you’re planning to make minimum wage and would like to make a bit more bang for you buck, maybe you should work in one of the countries with the highest minimum wages. Start looking into work visas to see if you can work in the country of your choice. Then it’s time to apply for jobs. Best of luck!

If you could, would you want to work for an award winning employer? Why don’t you? All you have to do is apply for jobs with the right companies. Glassdoor recently came out with their seventh annual Employees Choice Awards that focus on the Best Places To Work. It’s a valuable list for every job seeker.

Glassdoor polls employees because employees know the company better than anyone, so why not get their perspective. The list is based on reviews completed between November 2013 and November 2014. Employees received no incentive for completing the surveys so they must have answered honestly. The rankings look at things like overall satisfaction, CEO leadership, career opportunities, compensation, benefits, culture, values, management, and work life balance. After many hours crunching the data, Glassdoor has the results…

Glassdoor compiled two lists –  the 50 Best Places to Work and the 50 Best Small & Medium Companies To Work For. Let’s take a look at the top 20 companies on each list:

Here are the Top 20 Large Companies:

  1. Google
  2. Bain & Company
  3. Nestle Purina PetCare
  4. F5 Networks
  5. Boston Consulting Group
  6. Chevron
  7. HEB
  8. In-N-Out Burger
  9. McKinsey & Company
  10. Mayo Clinic
  11. Procter & Gamble
  12. Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  13. Facebook
  14. Qualcomm
  15. Southwest Airlines
  16. Slalom Consulting
  17. Genentech
  18. Adobe
  19. MathWorks
  20. Stryker

Here are the Top 20 Small and Medium Companies:

  1. Motley Fool
  2. Fast Enterprises
  3. Evolent Health
  4. Intacct Corporation
  5. TobeMogul
  6. Instart Logic
  7. Quantcast
  8. Quirky
  9. Spiceworks
  10. Faithlife
  11. AlphaSights
  12. MediaMath
  13. SoftRock
  14. MobileIron
  15. Hubspot
  16. Paycom
  17. MongoDB
  18. Cloud Sherpas
  19. Okta
  20. All Web Leads

See any companies there that you’d like to work for? Are there some you’ve never heard of? Either way, these companies are some of the best out there. With so many excellent choices, why not apply for a job?

Head over to Glassdoor to see the complete lists. Plus, you’ll get a good glimpse into the company culture, jobs, and see some quotes from the employee surveys. You can also check out every year’s lists since 2009 to see which companies are consistently ranked.

Picking the right company to work for can make a world of difference in your life. Even if you’re gainfully employed, it’s worth consulting these lists to see if there is a better option for you out there.

When you decide on the right company for you, please stop by the JobMonkey Job Board to search and apply for jobs.

A Grammar Checklist Worth Bookmarking

Hows you’re day going? Hopefully its fantastic. Their seems to be a few errors in these sentences. Can you find them? Even if you could care less about grammar, it’s important to get it right. Grammar has been a focus ever since we were school children studying nouns and verbs. It’s something that sticks with […]

Read the full article →

The Deadliest Jobs In The US

Do you thrive off a bit of danger in your life? Are you ready to risk it all for a paycheck? Are you keen to work one of the deadliest jobs in the US? Is “Danger” your middle name? Most people don’t worry about risking their life when they go to work, but there are […]

Read the full article →

Environmentally Friendly Jobs

Are you a green minded individual? Do you love the environment? Do you want to promote conservation and sustainability? Any interest in finding an environmentally friendly job? The green industry is the perfect place to find environmentally friendly jobs. As the population booms and the climate changes, the green industry is also taking off. This […]

Read the full article →

8 Interview Questions You Should NEVER Ask

Congratulations. You’ve made it to the interview round. Your resume and cover letter made the cut. Now it’s time to let your personality shine and convince the recruiter that you’re the perfect person for the job. The job interview is your first face to face meeting with your potential employer. This is your big chance. […]

Read the full article →

Did You Get Your Holiday Bonus Yet?

The holidays are a busy time of year. People are juggling vacations, work, office holiday parties, families, and so much more. One long standing holiday, or year end, tradition is the holiday bonus. A holiday bonus is meant to be a thank you from your company for all of your hard work this year. They […]

Read the full article →

14 Unique Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of

What do you do for a living? What do your friends and family do for work? The world is full of jobs and overall most people choose a safe, traditional career path. But what if you decided to think outside of the box? What if you choose to do something that you actually enjoyed? What […]

Read the full article →