The vast majority of U.S. workers haven't seen any real wage gains since the recession. But that's starting to change, at least for low-income workers.
This week, fast-food giant McDonald's announced it will pay workers $1 more than the local minimum wage.
It joins some of the nation's other largest employers, including Wal-Mart, Target and TJX, the parent company of Marshalls and TJ Maxx. All say they will be boosting pay to at least $9 per hour this year, and some will go to $10 next year.
For Wal-Mart alone, that's a pay raise for half a million Americans.