Living Wage Calculation for Essex County, New Jersey

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 $13.64 $27.44 $32.11 $40.69 $20.32 $24.29 $27.31 $30.67 $19.02 $10.16 $14.68 $17.63 $20.76
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 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60

*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 $3,467 $5,103 $7,680 $10,192 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428
Child Care $0 $8,808 $13,832 $18,856 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,808 $13,832 $18,856
Medical $2,764 $7,807 $7,527 $7,584 $5,661 $7,527 $7,584 $7,254 $5,661 $7,527 $7,584 $7,254
Housing $12,084 $15,456 $15,456 $19,860 $12,756 $15,456 $15,456 $19,860 $12,756 $15,456 $15,456 $19,860
Transportation $3,609 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $24,580 $48,925 $57,058 $71,948 $36,525 $43,452 $48,699 $54,523 $36,525 $52,260 $62,531 $73,379
Annual taxes $3,792 $8,149 $9,739 $12,678 $5,740 $7,074 $8,099 $9,263 $5,740 $8,799 $10,807 $12,966
Required annual income before taxes $28,372 $57,074 $66,797 $84,626 $42,265 $50,525 $56,798 $63,785 $59,331 $42,265 $61,058 $73,339 $86,344

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $132,307
Business & Financial Operations $77,060
Computer & Mathematical $92,537
Architecture & Engineering $87,863
Life, Physical, & Social Science $81,549
Community & Social Service $52,326
Legal $92,332
Education, Training, & Library $57,646
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $53,884
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $78,720
Healthcare Support $29,397
Protective Service $42,189
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,960
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,280
Personal Care & Service $26,250
Sales & Related $29,479
Office & Administrative Support $38,335
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,482
Construction & Extraction $56,980
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,445
Production $34,727
Transportation & Material Moving $31,109