Living Wage Calculation for Wayne 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 (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 $10.11 $22.14 $26.76 $33.55 $17.05 $20.84 $23.27 $26.23 $24.54 $8.52 $12.27 $14.65 $17.31
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 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15 $8.15

*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 $3,076 $4,526 $6,795 $9,024 $5,639 $7,012 $9,035 $11,008 $5,639 $7,012 $9,035 $11,008
Child Care $0 $6,558 $10,713 $14,868 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,558 $10,713 $14,868
Medical $2,223 $5,586 $5,387 $5,355 $4,358 $5,387 $5,355 $5,470 $4,358 $5,387 $5,355 $5,470
Housing $6,120 $10,152 $10,152 $13,536 $7,776 $10,152 $10,152 $13,536 $7,776 $10,152 $10,152 $13,536
Transportation $4,103 $8,098 $9,176 $10,808 $8,098 $9,176 $10,808 $10,910 $8,098 $9,176 $10,808 $10,910
Other $2,418 $4,388 $5,275 $5,961 $4,388 $5,275 $5,961 $5,649 $4,388 $5,275 $5,961 $5,649
Required annual income after taxes $17,940 $39,309 $47,498 $59,551 $30,260 $37,003 $41,311 $46,572 $30,260 $43,560 $52,023 $61,440
Annual taxes $3,088 $6,743 $8,155 $10,225 $5,197 $6,346 $7,088 $7,987 $5,197 $7,476 $8,935 $10,550
Required annual income before taxes $21,029 $46,052 $55,653 $69,776 $35,456 $43,348 $48,399 $54,559 $51,037 $35,456 $51,037 $60,958 $71,990

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,940
Business & Financial Operations $61,980
Computer & Mathematical $71,640
Architecture & Engineering $78,740
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,780
Community & Social Service $43,460
Legal $68,580
Education, Training, & Library $44,770
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,110
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,860
Healthcare Support $27,220
Protective Service $40,160
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,180
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,830
Personal Care & Service $21,200
Sales & Related $25,270
Office & Administrative Support $32,240
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,950
Construction & Extraction $45,690
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,260
Production $33,160
Transportation & Material Moving $29,870