Living Wage Calculation for Cuyahoga County, Ohio

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 $9.78 $21.08 $25.95 $32.84 $16.42 $19.80 $22.20 $24.99 $23.46 $8.21 $11.73 $14.25 $16.95
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 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10

*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 $3,076 $4,526 $6,795 $9,024 $5,639 $7,012 $9,035 $11,008 $5,639 $7,012 $9,035 $11,008
Child Care $0 $6,558 $11,213 $15,869 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,558 $11,213 $15,869
Medical $2,168 $5,300 $5,101 $5,069 $4,335 $5,101 $5,069 $5,184 $4,335 $5,101 $5,069 $5,184
Housing $6,024 $9,168 $9,168 $12,276 $7,236 $9,168 $9,168 $12,276 $7,236 $9,168 $9,168 $12,276
Transportation $4,103 $8,098 $9,176 $10,808 $8,098 $9,176 $10,808 $10,910 $8,098 $9,176 $10,808 $10,910
Other $2,418 $4,388 $5,275 $5,961 $4,388 $5,275 $5,961 $5,649 $4,388 $5,275 $5,961 $5,649
Required annual income after taxes $17,789 $38,038 $46,728 $59,006 $29,696 $35,732 $40,040 $45,026 $29,696 $42,290 $51,253 $60,895
Annual taxes $2,559 $5,817 $7,255 $9,296 $4,467 $5,444 $6,141 $6,963 $4,467 $6,514 $8,010 $9,611
Required annual income before taxes $20,348 $43,856 $53,983 $68,302 $34,163 $41,177 $46,181 $51,989 $48,804 $34,163 $48,804 $59,263 $70,506

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $90,260
Business & Financial Operations $60,780
Computer & Mathematical $73,850
Architecture & Engineering $70,790
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,190
Community & Social Service $41,320
Legal $66,890
Education, Training, & Library $50,570
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,750
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,050
Healthcare Support $23,980
Protective Service $38,840
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,980
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,520
Personal Care & Service $20,600
Sales & Related $24,780
Office & Administrative Support $31,960
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,350
Construction & Extraction $44,490
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,510
Production $33,990
Transportation & Material Moving $28,830