As part of his call for an increase in the federal minimum wage, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the "tip wage" should also be increased.
Servers can be paid a minimum of $2.13 an hour, on the theory that the rest of their income will be made up in tips. That rate has not grown in 20 years, according to Durbin, who says even with the tips, the average server is only making around $9 an hour.
Durbin wants to see the federal minimum wage gradually increased to $10.10 an hour, and says the tip wage should also be raised to 70% of that total, or around $7 an hour before tips are factored in. He says that could raise the cost of dining out, but Durbin says the economic gains are worth a modest increase in prices.