Dan Demeglio, race and sports book supervisor, cashes a 200-to-1 future bet for Doug O'Neill, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner "I'll Have Another", at the Primm Valley Casino in Primm, Nevada June 25, 2012. O'Neill won $20,000 for his $100 bet, which he made in February, that the horse would win the Kentucky Derby. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT HORSE RACING)

Low-level criminals earn more than the average American worker

$900

Low-level criminals in the US make an average of $900 per week, according to an estimate published in the academic journal Criminology.

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Dan Demeglio, race and sports book supervisor, cashes a 200-to-1 future bet for Doug O'Neill, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner "I'll Have Another", at the Primm Valley Casino in Primm, Nevada June 25, 2012. O'Neill won $20,000 for his $100 bet, which he made in February, that the horse would win the Kentucky Derby. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT HORSE RACING)
$900

So people that commit small crimes, like robberies, forge checks, and deal drugs, are making more money per week than the average US worker ($885).

Dan Demeglio, race and sports book supervisor, cashes a 200-to-1 future bet for Doug O'Neill, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner "I'll Have Another", at the Primm Valley Casino in Primm, Nevada June 25, 2012. O'Neill won $20,000 for his $100 bet, which he made in February, that the horse would win the Kentucky Derby. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT HORSE RACING)
$900

Low-level criminals are also making more money per week than high school dropouts ($504) and college dropouts ($756).

Dan Demeglio, race and sports book supervisor, cashes a 200-to-1 future bet for Doug O'Neill, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner "I'll Have Another", at the Primm Valley Casino in Primm, Nevada June 25, 2012. O'Neill won $20,000 for his $100 bet, which he made in February, that the horse would win the Kentucky Derby. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT HORSE RACING)
$900

That might be in part because wage growth (in the formal economy) is so sluggish in the US, even though unemployment is low, at 4.4%.

Dan Demeglio, race and sports book supervisor, cashes a 200-to-1 future bet for Doug O'Neill, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner "I'll Have Another", at the Primm Valley Casino in Primm, Nevada June 25, 2012. O'Neill won $20,000 for his $100 bet, which he made in February, that the horse would win the Kentucky Derby. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT HORSE RACING)
$900

Wages grew only 2.5% between mid-2016 and mid-2017. While some analysts would expect it to be growing at 3.5%.

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