How Much Do Sweatshop Workers Get Paid?

The wages earned by sweatshop workers vary depending on the type of work and the individual outfit. Sweatshops that produced Nike tennis shoes in Indonesia paid their workers only $0.50 per hour, according to the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Workers in a Bangladesh sweatshop often make little more than $2 per hour, as reported by Forbes. The work conditions and wages vary considerably from one country to another and from one industry to the next.

Workers in sweatshops do not receive the same rights as workers protected by U.S. labor laws. They often work long hours and in poor working environments. They frequently experience on-the-job injuries. Some argue, however, that sweatshops provide families in third-world countries like Bangladesh with more income than they could earn otherwise.