Better to have no family? Yeah, maybe, but not necassarily. Having one that can get along w/out you for a period of time will work. Kinda like being deployed, w/out someone shooting at you. Usually.
Minimum wage? I don't want to cause a rush here, but I don't know any of my beekeeping buddies who pay minimum wage. Not even Farm Minimum wage. We all know that you pay for what you get. And we, my buddies and I, want someone who can work and is interested in learning about bees or preferably already knows something about working bees. So better than Minimum Wage is the norm w/ those that I work w/ and for. Room and board are included too.