If we are dismissing $22500 a year as inadequate for an entry-level position that requires no experience or education, what does that say about $25k for a job that requires a Bachelor's degree, state certification in many cases, and for which we expect a high level of professional responsibility and accountability?
Who with that education makes $22.500 in the US? Does anybody who work 40 hour weeks?
In Sweden a 21 year old working at McDonalds would make something like $16,32 an hour, but with >6 years experience $17,52. Where I live you would pay 19-20% income tax on such income. Everyone have free health care, 18 months of payed parental leave (per child), spending cap on medicine (>$135/year), sick leave pay and five weeks of payed vacation. Public pension will give about 50% of the average income during their career, adjusted for inflation - but imployer would also pay 4,5% of salary towards retirement, funds that you can invest on your own.
I think the lowest payed people in Sweden is cleaners working for the city/municipal, and they would probably not make less than $27.000-28.500 a year, with the same benefits as mentioned above.
My financé is a teacher and makes about $57.000 a year, with 8-10 weeks of payed vacation. Same (partly public) benefits as mentioned above.