It's been more than six years since Congress raised the federal minimum wage, while many states and some cities have taken the situation into their own hands and passed increases.
As the presidential race heats up, most Republican candidates have gone on record to discuss why they do not think now is the time to raise the federal minimum pay level higher than $7.25 per hour. A few other GOP hopefuls have disagreed and said now is the time to boost the level.
So where does each candidate stand on the contentious issue?
Here's a snapshot of their stances on the hot-button topic:
"Now, I want to create jobs so that you don't have to worry about the minimum wage, they're doing a great job and they're making much more than the minimum wage," he said via phone on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" in August. "But I think having a low minimum wage is not a bad thing for this country."
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
"We need to leave it to the private sector. I think state minimum wages are fine. The federal government shouldn't be doing this." he said during an event in March.
"The federal government doing this will make it harder and harder for the first rung of the ladder to be reached —particularly for young people, particularly for people that have less education," he said.
"Politically I'm sure it's a great sound bite but from an economic point of view, this is not how we need to be successful," he added.