Living Wage Calculation for Middlesex 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 (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 $14.90 $30.97 $34.97 $42.22 $22.09 $26.44 $28.92 $32.66 $32.05 $11.05 $16.61 $18.78 $21.58
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 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00

*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 $3,477 $5,124 $7,715 $10,233 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474
Child Care $0 $12,373 $15,781 $19,189 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,373 $15,781 $19,189
Medical $2,660 $7,195 $6,851 $6,934 $5,895 $6,851 $6,934 $6,653 $5,895 $6,851 $6,934 $6,653
Housing $14,374 $20,107 $20,107 $25,213 $16,334 $20,107 $20,107 $25,213 $16,334 $20,107 $20,107 $25,213
Transportation $3,893 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540
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 $27,189 $56,526 $63,825 $77,073 $40,329 $48,263 $52,790 $59,609 $40,329 $60,636 $68,571 $78,798
Annual taxes $3,793 $7,885 $8,904 $10,752 $5,626 $6,733 $7,364 $8,315 $5,626 $8,459 $9,566 $10,992
Required annual income before taxes $30,982 $64,411 $72,729 $87,825 $45,955 $54,995 $60,154 $67,924 $66,668 $45,955 $69,094 $78,136 $89,790

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $116,461
Business & Financial Operations $77,020
Computer & Mathematical $95,053
Architecture & Engineering $88,439
Life, Physical, & Social Science $76,382
Community & Social Service $44,718
Legal $100,619
Education, Training, & Library $62,464
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $57,927
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $81,341
Healthcare Support $34,081
Protective Service $55,448
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,078
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $35,017
Personal Care & Service $29,637
Sales & Related $30,748
Office & Administrative Support $41,992
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,368
Construction & Extraction $59,100
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $53,627
Production $38,536
Transportation & Material Moving $35,161