Living Wage Calculation for Suffolk 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 $13.34 $27.49 $31.57 $38.27 $20.00 $24.41 $26.75 $30.32 $29.85 $10.00 $14.93 $17.02 $19.73
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $5.00 $5.00 $6.00
Minimum Wage $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00

*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 $3,497 $5,146 $7,725 $10,258 $6,411 $7,972 $10,271 $12,514 $6,411 $7,972 $10,271 $12,514
Child Care $0 $10,012 $13,416 $16,820 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,012 $13,416 $16,820
Medical $2,496 $6,564 $6,364 $6,332 $5,096 $6,364 $6,332 $6,447 $5,096 $6,364 $6,332 $6,447
Housing $12,852 $17,928 $17,928 $22,332 $14,352 $17,928 $17,928 $22,332 $14,352 $17,928 $17,928 $22,332
Transportation $3,575 $7,055 $7,994 $9,416 $7,055 $7,994 $9,416 $9,505 $7,055 $7,994 $9,416 $9,505
Other $2,146 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013
Required annual income after taxes $24,566 $50,599 $58,109 $70,449 $36,808 $44,940 $49,237 $55,811 $36,808 $54,952 $62,653 $72,631
Annual taxes $3,191 $6,573 $7,548 $9,151 $4,781 $5,838 $6,396 $7,250 $4,781 $7,138 $8,139 $9,435
Required annual income before taxes $27,757 $57,172 $65,657 $79,600 $41,590 $50,778 $55,633 $63,061 $62,090 $41,590 $62,090 $70,792 $82,066

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $108,080
Business & Financial Operations $74,240
Computer & Mathematical $92,380
Architecture & Engineering $82,230
Life, Physical, & Social Science $67,080
Community & Social Service $40,430
Legal $93,050
Education, Training, & Library $58,450
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $53,130
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $76,170
Healthcare Support $30,980
Protective Service $50,630
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,240
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $32,430
Personal Care & Service $27,000
Sales & Related $28,930
Office & Administrative Support $39,320
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,820
Construction & Extraction $56,240
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,380
Production $35,870
Transportation & Material Moving $32,900