Living Wage Calculation for Buncombe County, North Carolina

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 $9.74 $22.28 $26.76 $32.81 $17.47 $20.81 $22.98 $25.68 $8.13 $12.24 $14.52 $17.07
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 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

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 $2,958 $4,362 $6,554 $8,701 $5,423 $6,752 $8,707 $10,608 $5,423 $6,752 $8,707 $10,608
Child Care $0 $6,442 $10,635 $14,828 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,442 $10,635 $14,828
Medical $2,132 $6,482 $6,310 $6,171 $4,780 $6,310 $6,171 $6,396 $4,780 $6,310 $6,171 $6,396
Housing $5,136 $8,628 $8,628 $11,064 $7,272 $8,628 $8,628 $11,064 $5,136 $8,628 $8,628 $11,064
Transportation $4,497 $8,890 $10,160 $11,359 $8,890 $10,160 $11,359 $11,657 $8,890 $10,160 $11,359 $11,657
Other $2,374 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $5,349 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $5,349
Required annual income after taxes $17,096 $39,099 $46,964 $57,582 $30,660 $36,527 $40,324 $45,073 $28,524 $42,969 $50,959 $59,900
Annual taxes $3,166 $7,241 $8,698 $10,664 $5,678 $6,765 $7,468 $8,347 $5,283 $7,958 $9,438 $11,094
Required annual income before taxes $20,262 $46,340 $55,662 $68,246 $36,338 $43,292 $47,792 $53,420 $33,807 $50,927 $60,396 $70,994

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,610
Business & Financial Operations $61,040
Computer & Mathematical $76,730
Architecture & Engineering $67,040
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,560
Community & Social Service $40,530
Legal $55,770
Education, Training, & Library $40,170
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,320
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,880
Healthcare Support $22,650
Protective Service $32,120
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,440
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,080
Personal Care & Service $19,570
Sales & Related $23,960
Office & Administrative Support $30,810
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,770
Construction & Extraction $33,410
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,110
Production $29,250
Transportation & Material Moving $26,970