Living Wage Calculation for Kent County, Michigan

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 $10.13 $21.07 $25.43 $32.36 $16.24 $19.56 $22.13 $24.71 $8.12 $11.62 $14.05 $16.49
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 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15

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 $6,597 $10,739 $14,881 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,597 $10,739 $14,881
Medical $2,162 $5,800 $5,589 $5,652 $4,428 $5,589 $5,652 $5,619 $4,428 $5,589 $5,652 $5,619
Housing $6,252 $8,880 $8,880 $12,396 $7,080 $8,880 $8,880 $12,396 $7,080 $8,880 $8,880 $12,396
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 $18,197 $37,848 $45,691 $58,134 $29,185 $35,151 $39,754 $44,388 $29,185 $41,747 $50,493 $59,269
Annual taxes $2,870 $5,969 $7,206 $9,168 $4,603 $5,543 $6,269 $7,000 $4,603 $6,584 $7,963 $9,347
Required annual income before taxes $21,066 $43,816 $52,897 $67,302 $33,788 $40,694 $46,024 $51,388 $33,788 $48,331 $58,456 $68,615

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $91,640
Business & Financial Operations $60,200
Computer & Mathematical $70,170
Architecture & Engineering $76,010
Life, Physical, & Social Science $52,760
Community & Social Service $43,220
Legal $71,550
Education, Training, & Library $46,520
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,830
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,090
Healthcare Support $26,520
Protective Service $39,380
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,720
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,430
Personal Care & Service $20,750
Sales & Related $24,750
Office & Administrative Support $31,470
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,970
Construction & Extraction $44,770
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,890
Production $32,390
Transportation & Material Moving $29,300