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 $10.88 $22.33 $27.54 $34.00 $17.54 $22.02 $24.49 $26.93 $12.74 $8.55 $12.74 $15.06 $17.37
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 $2,983 $4,516 $6,722 $8,882 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799
Child Care $0 $6,035 $9,808 $13,580 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,035 $9,808 $13,580
Medical $2,128 $6,283 $5,996 $6,157 $4,928 $5,996 $6,157 $6,015 $4,928 $5,996 $6,157 $6,015
Housing $6,968 $9,674 $9,674 $12,641 $7,768 $9,674 $9,674 $12,641 $6,968 $9,674 $9,674 $12,641
Transportation $4,401 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951
Other $2,458 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474
Required annual income after taxes $18,938 $38,873 $47,944 $59,180 $30,532 $38,335 $42,639 $46,879 $29,732 $44,370 $52,447 $60,459
Annual taxes $3,699 $7,567 $9,335 $11,540 $5,956 $7,462 $8,301 $9,143 $5,846 $8,638 $10,212 $11,789
Required annual income before taxes $22,637 $46,440 $57,279 $70,720 $36,488 $45,797 $50,940 $56,022 $53,008 $35,578 $53,008 $62,659 $72,249

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $86,110
Business & Financial Operations $54,410
Computer & Mathematical $56,740
Architecture & Engineering $59,380
Life, Physical, & Social Science $55,360
Community & Social Service $39,450
Legal $49,140
Education, Training, & Library $39,990
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $34,760
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,860
Healthcare Support $25,710
Protective Service $33,160
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,890
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,840
Personal Care & Service $23,230
Sales & Related $24,430
Office & Administrative Support $30,390
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $20,980
Construction & Extraction $33,300
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,850
Production $31,390
Transportation & Material Moving $27,840