Living Wage – what you need to earn to actually survive

Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult, 1 Child 1 Adult, 2 Children 1 Adult, 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults, 1 Child 2 Adults, 2 Children 2 Adults, 3 Children
Living Wage $11.37 $23.53 $27.15 $33.96 $17.20 $21.62 $22.95 $27.97
Poverty Wage $5.21 $7.00 $8.80 $10.60 $7.00 $8.80 $10.60 $12.40
Minimum Wage $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00

Typical Expenses

These figures show the individual expenses that went into the living wage estimate. Their values vary by family size, composition, and the current location.

Monthly Expenses 1 Adult 1 Adult, 1 Child 1 Adult, 2 Children 1 Adult, 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults, 1 Child 2 Adults, 2 Children 2 Adults, 3 Children
Food $242 $357 $536 $749 $444 $553 $713 $904
Child Care $0 $550 $767 $983 $0 $0 $0 $0
Medical $142 $434 $451 $430 $287 $425 $394 $410
Housing $943 $1,420 $1,420 $1,907 $1,137 $1,420 $1,420 $1,907
Transportation $285 $555 $639 $686 $555 $639 $686 $698
Other $97 $222 $269 $352 $162 $214 $238 $286
Required monthly income after taxes $1,709 $3,538 $4,082 $5,107 $2,585 $3,251 $3,451 $4,205
Required annual income after taxes $20,508 $42,456 $48,984 $61,284 $31,020 $39,012 $41,412 $50,460
Annual taxes $3,132 $6,489 $7,490 $9,363 $4,749 $5,960 $6,332 $7,711
Required annual income before taxes $23,640 $48,945 $56,474 $70,647 $35,769 $44,972 $47,744 $58,171

Typical Hourly Wages

These are the typical hourly rates for various professions in this location. Wages that are below the living wage for one adult supporting one child are marked in red.

Occupational Area Typical Hourly Wage
Management $50.67
Business and Financial Operations $32.28
Computer and Mathematical $40.66
Architecture and Engineering $40.79
Life, Physical and social Science $32.75
Community and Social Services $22.10
Legal $47.22
Education, Training and Library $25.18
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media $24.37
Healthcare Practitioner and Technical $36.19
Healthcare Support $13.37
Protective Service $22.53
Food Preparation and Serving Related $9.28
Building and Grounds Cleaning and maintenance $11.60
Personal care and Services $10.78
Sales and Related $12.94
Office and Administrative Support $16.65
Farming, Fishing and Forestry $9.04
Construction and Extraction $23.55
Installation, Maintenance and Repair $21.63
Production $13.73
Transportation and Material Moving $13.84

This information was gathered and published by MIT

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