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 $11.65 $23.68 $27.66 $34.06 $18.49 $22.02 $24.59 $27.32 $25.32 $9.19 $12.98 $15.17 $17.43
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 $7,625 $9,772 $9,772 $13,124 $7,836 $9,772 $9,772 $13,124 $7,625 $9,772 $9,772 $13,124
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 $20,230 $41,120 $48,021 $59,144 $32,079 $38,233 $42,696 $47,428 $31,868 $45,079 $52,672 $60,535
Annual taxes $4,010 $8,143 $9,506 $11,710 $6,371 $7,573 $8,454 $9,396 $6,342 $8,925 $10,424 $11,985
Required annual income before taxes $24,240 $49,262 $57,527 $70,855 $38,451 $45,806 $51,150 $56,825 $52,662 $38,210 $54,004 $63,096 $72,520

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $90,146
Business & Financial Operations $57,392
Computer & Mathematical $61,702
Architecture & Engineering $61,404
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,112
Community & Social Service $44,317
Legal $46,848
Education, Training, & Library $43,268
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,194
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,227
Healthcare Support $28,547
Protective Service $35,079
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,058
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,165
Personal Care & Service $24,247
Sales & Related $25,780
Office & Administrative Support $32,446
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,123
Construction & Extraction $36,345
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,509
Production $32,950
Transportation & Material Moving $30,944