Living Wage Calculation for Blue Earth County, Minnesota

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 $11.37 $24.66 $28.79 $36.71 $18.50 $21.89 $24.99 $27.89 $17.14 $9.25 $13.23 $16.00 $18.68
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
Minimum Wage $9.65 $9.65 $9.65 $9.65 $9.65 $9.65 $9.65 $9.65 $9.65 $9.65 $9.65 $9.65

*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 $3,050 $4,489 $6,755 $8,966 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932
Child Care $0 $7,835 $12,041 $16,248 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,835 $12,041 $16,248
Medical $2,390 $6,801 $6,520 $6,577 $4,864 $6,520 $6,577 $6,247 $4,864 $6,520 $6,577 $6,247
Housing $7,320 $10,236 $10,236 $14,076 $8,364 $10,236 $10,236 $14,076 $8,364 $10,236 $10,236 $14,076
Transportation $4,173 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827
Other $2,877 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088
Required annual income after taxes $19,811 $42,637 $49,736 $63,299 $32,095 $37,894 $43,221 $48,170 $32,095 $45,729 $55,262 $64,418
Annual taxes $3,839 $8,649 $10,147 $13,049 $6,382 $7,643 $8,766 $9,848 $6,382 $9,299 $11,311 $13,283
Required annual income before taxes $23,650 $51,286 $59,883 $76,347 $38,478 $45,537 $51,987 $58,018 $53,492 $38,478 $55,028 $66,573 $77,700

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $102,797
Business & Financial Operations $66,502
Computer & Mathematical $83,681
Architecture & Engineering $75,696
Life, Physical, & Social Science $64,411
Community & Social Service $44,885
Legal $84,973
Education, Training, & Library $49,118
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,130
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $69,157
Healthcare Support $31,365
Protective Service $41,103
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,859
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,393
Personal Care & Service $24,426
Sales & Related $28,731
Office & Administrative Support $38,110
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,021
Construction & Extraction $55,545
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,140
Production $36,470
Transportation & Material Moving $35,404