Living Wage Calculation for Asheville, NC

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 $11.68 $23.90 $27.31 $34.19 $18.64 $21.71 $24.71 $27.33 $16.66 $9.29 $12.81 $15.21 $17.41
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

*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 $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $6,804 $9,915 $13,026 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,804 $9,915 $13,026
Medical $2,195 $6,831 $6,550 $6,607 $5,501 $6,550 $6,607 $6,277 $5,501 $6,550 $6,607 $6,277
Housing $8,247 $10,457 $10,457 $13,912 $8,367 $10,457 $10,457 $13,912 $8,247 $10,457 $10,457 $13,912
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
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 $20,320 $41,534 $47,461 $59,412 $32,390 $37,740 $42,941 $47,500 $32,270 $44,544 $52,856 $60,526
Annual taxes $3,969 $8,172 $9,344 $11,701 $6,388 $7,418 $8,446 $9,339 $6,371 $8,766 $10,410 $11,919
Required annual income before taxes $24,289 $49,706 $56,804 $71,113 $38,777 $45,157 $51,387 $56,839 $51,975 $38,641 $53,309 $63,266 $72,445

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,380
Business & Financial Operations $56,693
Computer & Mathematical $59,276
Architecture & Engineering $60,393
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,232
Community & Social Service $40,334
Legal $46,955
Education, Training, & Library $41,492
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,648
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,567
Healthcare Support $27,368
Protective Service $34,102
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,865
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,206
Personal Care & Service $24,518
Sales & Related $25,830
Office & Administrative Support $31,867
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $21,904
Construction & Extraction $34,891
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,483
Production $32,031
Transportation & Material Moving $29,643