I recently had an employee quit.
Said employee's wages for 2013 would have been in the $32,000 range, more if you count the cash on the side I would give above her salary for her extra work, the daily lunches I provided, the occasional buffet meal that I would pay for when traveling, the ten five minute smoke breaks a day that I allowed, the hour long lunches, etc....you're looking more in the $35,000+ range.
Good worker, more dedicated than most, pretty conscientious, able to lift 100+ pounds....but hey, $35,000 is a lot of money for one year, so I'm not too upset.
Now she can spend as much time as she wants with her step-grandson. Of course finding another $35,000 a year job with 3+ weeks worth of vacation time in the first 8 months will probably be a challenge for her.
Update September 13: Said employee now works as a clerk at a cash station, opposite shifts as her wife, and now wants to be called a "he." Apparently is undergoing hormone therapy and will have a penis installed as soon as possible. She/he has told customers at the gas station that I'm an asshole (might not be able to deny that) and that she had to quit because she couldn't get time off for your gender reassignment appointments. Well, that's not really the case, because I didn't know anything about any gender reassignment or gender identity disorders when she worked here, and well, I'd probably have encouraged her to do what she wanted in that arena....it would have provided us with many lunch hours full of interesting drama.