Study: NYC Retail Workers Underpaid, Too Few Have Steady Hours

David Schepp
New York City retail wages
New York City retail wages

New York City is many things to many people. But if there's one feature that most agree on, it's that Gotham is an expensive place to live. The average rent for a Manhattan apartment is nearly $3,000 a month, roughly three times that of the average rent paid nationwide, so it can tough making a living in the Big Apple.

That's especially true for legions of workers toiling in the city's many retail establishments; they earn a mean wage of $9.50 an hour, a recent study of non-union workers found.