Don't change the salary. Not to sound cruel or heartless but every position in the world doesn't deserver top dollar or even a "living wage". Some positions are designed for the minimum amount possible. McDonald's may pay little per hour but there are plenty of success stories of people who are just associates who worked their way up to manager's and executives positions within the company.
As in anything in life if you have the will to do it then you will find a way. However people who don't want to put forth any effort, made bad life decisions, or never have any desire to get promoted should not be rewarded for that.
Ya, Henry Ford should have just paid his factory floor workers the lowest wages he possibly could, and pocketed the difference. It's not like a livable wage or a livable minimum wage created the middle class or anything. /s
Does anyone understand that the more money people have, the more money they spend?
If more and more people every year are able to afford less and less, you can say good bye to whatever company you work for, and your job.
It's no coincidence that wages over last decade have risen slower than anytime since the Great Depression, and corporate profits are higher than ever in history. Think about that, and ask yourself how long that can last.