Living Wage Calculation for North Slope Borough, Alaska

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). All values are per adult in a family unless otherwise noted. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as gross annual income. We have converted it to an hourly wage for the sake of comparison.

For further detail, please reference the technical documentation here.

Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $11.25 $23.79 $29.39 $36.98 $18.63 $22.10 $24.55 $27.51 $26.26 $9.31 $13.13 $15.99 $19.10
Poverty Wage $7.00 $9.00 $12.00 $14.00 $9.00 $12.00 $14.00 $17.00 $4.00 $6.00 $7.00 $8.00
Minimum Wage $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75

*Documentation for families with an adult working part-time is available separately, here.

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.

Annual Expenses 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $3,594 $5,289 $7,939 $10,543 $6,589 $8,193 $10,556 $12,862 $6,589 $8,193 $10,556 $12,862
Child Care $0 $7,659 $13,666 $19,673 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,659 $13,666 $19,673
Medical $2,194 $5,958 $5,758 $5,727 $4,876 $5,758 $5,727 $5,842 $4,876 $5,758 $5,727 $5,842
Housing $8,808 $13,164 $13,164 $16,392 $11,100 $13,164 $13,164 $16,392 $11,100 $13,164 $13,164 $16,392
Transportation $3,885 $7,669 $8,690 $10,235 $7,669 $8,690 $10,235 $10,331 $7,669 $8,690 $10,235 $10,331
Other $2,237 $4,059 $4,880 $5,514 $4,059 $4,880 $5,514 $5,225 $4,059 $4,880 $5,514 $5,225
Required annual income after taxes $20,718 $43,797 $54,097 $68,084 $34,292 $40,685 $45,195 $50,652 $34,292 $48,344 $58,862 $70,325
Annual taxes $2,691 $5,689 $7,027 $8,844 $4,455 $5,285 $5,871 $6,580 $4,455 $6,280 $7,646 $9,135
Required annual income before taxes $23,409 $49,487 $61,124 $76,928 $38,747 $45,970 $51,066 $57,231 $54,624 $38,747 $54,624 $66,508 $79,460

Typical Annual Salaries

These are the typical annual salaries for various professions in this location.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,790
Business & Financial Operations $72,500
Computer & Mathematical $76,460
Architecture & Engineering $96,920
Life, Physical, & Social Science $69,290
Community & Social Service $48,000
Legal $91,740
Education, Training, & Library $61,620
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,000
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $80,910
Healthcare Support $37,210
Protective Service $50,020
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,420
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,530
Personal Care & Service $29,450
Sales & Related $28,410
Office & Administrative Support $39,810
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $41,050
Construction & Extraction $63,530
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $57,350
Production $36,280
Transportation & Material Moving $42,860