Living Wage Calculation for Athens-Clarke County, GA

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 $11.60 $23.30 $26.87 $32.82 $18.46 $22.18 $24.76 $27.44 $25.03 $9.05 $12.79 $14.77 $16.81
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 $5,895 $8,306 $10,717 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,895 $8,306 $10,717
Medical $2,392 $7,662 $7,318 $7,401 $5,495 $7,318 $7,401 $7,120 $5,495 $7,318 $7,401 $7,120
Housing $7,356 $9,396 $9,396 $12,648 $7,992 $9,396 $9,396 $12,648 $7,356 $9,396 $9,396 $12,648
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 $20,188 $40,486 $46,668 $56,972 $32,096 $38,550 $43,013 $47,646 $31,460 $44,445 $51,319 $58,363
Annual taxes $3,932 $7,979 $9,212 $11,284 $6,293 $7,593 $8,483 $9,423 $6,204 $8,769 $10,140 $11,561
Required annual income before taxes $24,120 $48,465 $55,880 $68,255 $38,389 $46,143 $51,496 $57,069 $52,058 $37,664 $53,214 $61,459 $69,924

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $91,905
Business & Financial Operations $57,433
Computer & Mathematical $58,493
Architecture & Engineering $64,891
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,476
Community & Social Service $41,622
Legal $56,374
Education, Training, & Library $60,643
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,609
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,933
Healthcare Support $30,059
Protective Service $39,091
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,391
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,718
Personal Care & Service $19,906
Sales & Related $24,206
Office & Administrative Support $31,777
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,841
Construction & Extraction $37,805
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,274
Production $33,505
Transportation & Material Moving $28,393