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 $11.36 $23.36 $26.36 $32.87 $18.52 $21.71 $24.71 $27.37 $16.36 $9.03 $12.55 $14.74 $16.76
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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 $5,858 $8,254 $10,651 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,858 $8,254 $10,651
Medical $2,420 $7,521 $7,241 $7,298 $5,363 $7,241 $7,298 $6,968 $5,363 $7,241 $7,298 $6,968
Housing $7,500 $9,780 $9,780 $13,284 $8,352 $9,780 $9,780 $13,284 $7,500 $9,780 $9,780 $13,284
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 $19,798 $40,602 $45,813 $57,100 $32,237 $37,753 $42,955 $47,563 $31,385 $43,611 $51,209 $58,214
Annual taxes $3,823 $7,980 $9,023 $11,276 $6,292 $7,406 $8,447 $9,360 $6,174 $8,581 $10,103 $11,498
Required annual income before taxes $23,621 $48,582 $54,837 $68,377 $38,529 $45,159 $51,402 $56,923 $51,044 $37,558 $52,192 $61,312 $69,711

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,319
Business & Financial Operations $52,480
Computer & Mathematical $53,710
Architecture & Engineering $65,323
Life, Physical, & Social Science $51,219
Community & Social Service $40,631
Legal $55,330
Education, Training, & Library $49,508
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,416
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,661
Healthcare Support $28,505
Protective Service $36,039
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,127
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,420
Personal Care & Service $19,373
Sales & Related $23,391
Office & Administrative Support $30,607
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,690
Construction & Extraction $37,771
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,909
Production $32,165
Transportation & Material Moving $29,643