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 $10.09 $22.45 $26.81 $33.15 $17.85 $21.45 $23.88 $26.62 $8.92 $12.41 $14.69 $17.11
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 $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 $3,011 $4,431 $6,652 $8,834 $5,521 $6,864 $8,844 $10,776 $5,521 $6,864 $8,844 $10,776
Child Care $0 $5,907 $9,611 $13,316 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,907 $9,611 $13,316
Medical $2,059 $6,376 $6,177 $6,145 $4,747 $6,177 $6,145 $6,260 $4,747 $6,177 $6,145 $6,260
Housing $6,120 $10,284 $10,284 $13,200 $8,676 $10,284 $10,284 $13,200 $8,676 $10,284 $10,284 $13,200
Transportation $4,290 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $11,405 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $11,405
Other $2,146 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013
Required annual income after taxes $17,626 $39,359 $46,999 $58,084 $31,305 $37,601 $41,863 $46,655 $31,305 $43,508 $51,474 $59,971
Annual taxes $3,359 $7,340 $8,775 $10,869 $5,822 $7,009 $7,810 $8,722 $5,822 $8,119 $9,616 $11,224
Required annual income before taxes $20,984 $46,699 $55,775 $68,953 $37,126 $44,610 $49,673 $55,377 $37,126 $51,627 $61,091 $71,194

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $101,720
Business & Financial Operations $63,300
Computer & Mathematical $79,840
Architecture & Engineering $69,830
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,660
Community & Social Service $41,890
Legal $57,080
Education, Training, & Library $41,230
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,490
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,260
Healthcare Support $23,110
Protective Service $32,360
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,650
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,740
Personal Care & Service $20,620
Sales & Related $24,660
Office & Administrative Support $31,590
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,390
Construction & Extraction $34,780
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,750
Production $29,570
Transportation & Material Moving $27,740