Living Wage Calculation for Cook County, Illinois

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 (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $11.66 $23.53 $28.21 $35.31 $18.16 $21.59 $24.17 $26.60 $9.08 $12.86 $15.45 $17.97
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 $6.00
Minimum Wage $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25

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 (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $3,087 $4,553 $6,849 $9,078 $5,659 $7,047 $9,095 $11,068 $5,659 $7,047 $9,095 $11,068
Child Care $0 $7,364 $12,017 $16,670 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,364 $12,017 $16,670
Medical $2,314 $6,322 $6,110 $6,174 $4,830 $6,110 $6,174 $6,141 $4,830 $6,110 $6,174 $6,141
Housing $8,724 $11,748 $11,748 $14,976 $9,912 $11,748 $11,748 $14,976 $9,912 $11,748 $11,748 $14,976
Transportation $4,569 $8,320 $9,589 $11,236 $8,320 $9,589 $11,236 $10,735 $8,320 $9,589 $11,236 $10,735
Other $2,127 $3,699 $4,046 $4,891 $3,699 $4,046 $4,891 $4,569 $3,699 $4,046 $4,891 $4,569
Required annual income after taxes $20,821 $42,004 $50,359 $63,026 $32,419 $38,540 $43,144 $47,490 $32,419 $45,904 $55,161 $64,160
Annual taxes $3,440 $6,939 $8,319 $10,412 $5,356 $6,367 $7,127 $7,845 $5,356 $7,583 $9,113 $10,599
Required annual income before taxes $24,261 $48,943 $58,679 $73,438 $37,775 $44,907 $50,271 $55,335 $37,775 $53,487 $64,273 $74,759

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,980
Business & Financial Operations $65,190
Computer & Mathematical $77,860
Architecture & Engineering $73,610
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,780
Community & Social Service $42,000
Legal $73,870
Education, Training, & Library $48,270
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,040
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,790
Healthcare Support $25,640
Protective Service $40,860
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,160
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,350
Personal Care & Service $21,860
Sales & Related $26,010
Office & Administrative Support $33,140
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,390
Construction & Extraction $62,270
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,830
Production $31,800
Transportation & Material Moving $29,620