Living Wage Calculation for Lake 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 (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 $13.54 $27.14 $31.69 $38.92 $21.17 $24.83 $27.44 $30.45 $28.71 $10.59 $14.74 $17.21 $19.87
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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

*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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $8,135 $12,186 $16,236 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,135 $12,186 $16,236
Medical $2,473 $7,229 $6,885 $6,967 $5,817 $6,885 $6,967 $6,687 $5,817 $6,885 $6,967 $6,687
Housing $10,548 $14,160 $14,160 $18,012 $12,168 $14,160 $14,160 $18,012 $12,168 $14,160 $14,160 $18,012
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $23,731 $47,531 $55,474 $68,134 $37,092 $43,480 $48,056 $53,325 $37,092 $51,615 $60,242 $69,561
Annual taxes $4,427 $8,927 $10,433 $12,819 $6,946 $8,160 $9,027 $10,013 $6,946 $9,701 $11,336 $13,089
Required annual income before taxes $28,158 $56,459 $65,907 $80,953 $44,038 $51,640 $57,083 $63,338 $59,721 $44,038 $61,317 $71,578 $82,651

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $99,672
Business & Financial Operations $67,257
Computer & Mathematical $85,867
Architecture & Engineering $80,096
Life, Physical, & Social Science $64,768
Community & Social Service $44,224
Legal $88,408
Education, Training, & Library $50,232
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $46,673
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $66,599
Healthcare Support $28,485
Protective Service $44,245
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,490
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,341
Personal Care & Service $23,763
Sales & Related $28,351
Office & Administrative Support $36,026
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,213
Construction & Extraction $67,504
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,494
Production $34,647
Transportation & Material Moving $31,777