Living Wage Calculation for Auburn-Opelika, AL

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 $10.81 $22.19 $26.67 $34.52 $17.55 $20.97 $23.95 $26.48 $15.62 $8.59 $11.95 $14.88 $17.58
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 $2,986 $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 $5,131 $10,147 $15,162 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,131 $10,147 $15,162
Medical $2,524 $6,681 $6,400 $6,458 $4,966 $6,400 $6,458 $6,127 $4,966 $6,400 $6,458 $6,127
Housing $6,516 $9,576 $9,576 $12,900 $7,200 $9,576 $9,576 $12,900 $6,516 $9,576 $9,576 $12,900
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 $18,917 $38,830 $46,662 $60,387 $30,688 $36,709 $41,910 $46,338 $30,004 $41,840 $52,057 $61,500
Annual taxes $3,575 $7,322 $8,811 $11,409 $5,810 $6,915 $7,904 $8,731 $5,715 $7,893 $9,837 $11,619
Required annual income before taxes $22,492 $46,152 $55,473 $71,796 $36,498 $43,624 $49,814 $55,069 $48,726 $35,719 $49,732 $61,894 $73,119

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $94,054
Business & Financial Operations $54,233
Computer & Mathematical $65,006
Architecture & Engineering $68,091
Life, Physical, & Social Science $48,267
Community & Social Service $42,435
Legal $60,619
Education, Training, & Library $57,646
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,203
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $48,647
Healthcare Support $22,991
Protective Service $32,329
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,075
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,341
Personal Care & Service $19,239
Sales & Related $21,341
Office & Administrative Support $29,828
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $33,364
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,899
Production $27,696
Transportation & Material Moving $25,543