Kindred and Yum make the list of low-wage employers.


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Two Louisville-based companies are among the country’s lowest-paying employers, by Carolyn Tribble Greer (Louisville Business First)

Two Louisville-based companies are among the worst-paying employers in the U.S., according to a new report.

24/7 Wall St. identified the 25 large U.S. companies that pay employees the lowest wages. For comparison, the national median hourly wage is $17.81.

No. 18 on the list is Kindred Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: KND), where the typical worker at a continuing care facility earns $11.94 an hour, according to the report. The company has about 100,000 employees.

And coming in at No. 20 is Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE: YUM), owner of the KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut chains. Average wages at common positions at the company’s restaurants rarely exceed $10 an hour, according to the report, and go as low as $7.55 for Pizza Hut delivery drivers. The company has 90,000 employees.

No. 1 on the list is Wal-Mart Stores Inc., followed by Kroger Co., McDonald’s Corp. and Target Corp.