Living Wage Calculation for Essex County, Massachusetts

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 $12.96 $27.38 $31.84 $38.65 $19.73 $23.84 $25.99 $29.61 $9.47 $14.81 $17.06 $20.04
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 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00

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.

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 $3,435 $5,065 $7,611 $10,104 $6,297 $7,841 $10,111 $12,318 $6,297 $7,841 $10,111 $12,318
Child Care $0 $10,277 $14,470 $18,662 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,277 $14,470 $18,662
Medical $2,657 $6,484 $6,312 $6,173 $5,157 $6,312 $6,173 $6,398 $5,157 $6,312 $6,173 $6,398
Housing $11,156 $15,798 $15,798 $19,676 $12,543 $15,798 $15,798 $19,676 $11,156 $15,798 $15,798 $19,676
Transportation $3,542 $7,002 $8,003 $8,947 $7,002 $8,003 $8,947 $9,182 $7,002 $8,003 $8,947 $9,182
Other $2,281 $4,128 $4,495 $5,246 $4,128 $4,495 $5,246 $5,141 $4,128 $4,495 $5,246 $5,141
Required annual income after taxes $23,071 $48,754 $56,688 $68,809 $35,127 $42,448 $46,275 $52,714 $33,740 $52,725 $60,745 $71,377
Annual taxes $3,881 $8,200 $9,535 $11,574 $5,908 $7,140 $7,783 $8,867 $5,675 $8,868 $10,217 $12,006
Required annual income before taxes $26,952 $56,955 $66,223 $80,383 $41,036 $49,588 $54,059 $61,581 $39,415 $61,593 $70,962 $83,382

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $107,020
Business & Financial Operations $71,130
Computer & Mathematical $88,100
Architecture & Engineering $78,980
Life, Physical, & Social Science $67,090
Community & Social Service $42,860
Legal $83,370
Education, Training, & Library $56,620
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,470
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $71,440
Healthcare Support $30,440
Protective Service $48,530
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,870
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,300
Personal Care & Service $26,090
Sales & Related $27,850
Office & Administrative Support $37,840
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,280
Construction & Extraction $53,790
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,360
Production $35,300
Transportation & Material Moving $31,990