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 $10.82 $21.94 $27.06 $33.61 $17.57 $21.90 $24.37 $27.00 $12.55 $8.58 $12.55 $14.83 $17.18
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 $5,566 $9,171 $12,776 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,566 $9,171 $12,776
Medical $2,078 $6,655 $6,369 $6,529 $5,082 $6,369 $6,529 $6,387 $5,082 $6,369 $6,529 $6,387
Housing $6,984 $9,108 $9,108 $12,384 $7,728 $9,108 $9,108 $12,384 $6,984 $9,108 $9,108 $12,384
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 $18,904 $38,211 $47,114 $58,492 $30,645 $38,142 $42,446 $46,996 $29,901 $43,708 $51,617 $59,772
Annual taxes $3,600 $7,417 $9,175 $11,426 $5,911 $7,404 $8,253 $9,156 $5,808 $8,502 $10,064 $11,678
Required annual income before taxes $22,504 $45,629 $56,289 $69,918 $36,556 $45,545 $50,699 $56,152 $52,210 $35,710 $52,210 $61,681 $71,450

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $83,580
Business & Financial Operations $50,030
Computer & Mathematical $52,340
Architecture & Engineering $62,360
Life, Physical, & Social Science $49,080
Community & Social Service $37,210
Legal $55,780
Education, Training, & Library $45,060
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,570
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,820
Healthcare Support $27,170
Protective Service $36,900
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,500
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,380
Personal Care & Service $19,000
Sales & Related $21,200
Office & Administrative Support $29,280
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,850
Construction & Extraction $34,250
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $36,430
Production $29,780
Transportation & Material Moving $27,800