Living Wage Calculation for Dare 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 (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 $12.28 $24.76 $28.73 $36.21 $19.02 $23.10 $25.67 $29.46 $26.39 $9.51 $13.52 $15.71 $18.51
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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

*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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107
Medical $2,165 $6,969 $6,625 $6,707 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426
Housing $8,760 $11,736 $11,736 $17,040 $8,820 $11,736 $11,736 $17,040 $8,820 $11,736 $11,736 $17,040
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $21,366 $43,083 $49,985 $63,060 $33,063 $40,197 $44,659 $51,344 $33,063 $47,043 $54,635 $64,451
Annual taxes $4,168 $8,417 $9,780 $12,256 $6,509 $7,847 $8,728 $9,943 $6,509 $9,199 $10,698 $12,531
Required annual income before taxes $25,534 $51,500 $59,764 $75,317 $39,572 $48,043 $53,387 $61,287 $54,900 $39,572 $56,241 $65,334 $76,983

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $109,651
Business & Financial Operations $67,412
Computer & Mathematical $86,536
Architecture & Engineering $75,179
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,301
Community & Social Service $44,770
Legal $62,638
Education, Training, & Library $44,564
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,729
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,777
Healthcare Support $26,150
Protective Service $36,694
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,813
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,072
Personal Care & Service $22,015
Sales & Related $26,068
Office & Administrative Support $34,050
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,115
Construction & Extraction $38,124
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,432
Production $31,849
Transportation & Material Moving $29,473