Living Wage Calculation for Battle Creek, MI

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 $10.58 $22.45 $27.63 $34.85 $17.57 $20.76 $23.36 $25.71 $24.11 $8.41 $12.39 $15.17 $17.83
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 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25

*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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $7,068 $12,287 $17,506 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,068 $12,287 $17,506
Medical $2,214 $5,536 $5,192 $5,274 $4,749 $5,192 $5,274 $4,993 $4,749 $5,192 $5,274 $4,993
Housing $5,640 $8,844 $8,844 $11,544 $7,020 $8,844 $8,844 $11,544 $5,640 $8,844 $8,844 $11,544
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $18,564 $39,455 $48,566 $61,243 $30,875 $36,471 $41,047 $45,164 $29,495 $43,539 $53,334 $62,670
Annual taxes $3,434 $7,246 $8,904 $11,244 $5,667 $6,703 $7,536 $8,317 $5,475 $7,989 $9,772 $11,503
Required annual income before taxes $21,998 $46,701 $57,470 $72,486 $36,542 $43,174 $48,583 $53,481 $50,142 $34,970 $51,529 $63,106 $74,173

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $100,742
Business & Financial Operations $70,189
Computer & Mathematical $79,191
Architecture & Engineering $78,697
Life, Physical, & Social Science $91,453
Community & Social Service $43,772
Legal $69,788
Education, Training, & Library $43,237
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,301
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,531
Healthcare Support $29,462
Protective Service $49,975
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,759
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,957
Personal Care & Service $22,765
Sales & Related $26,109
Office & Administrative Support $34,493
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $46,035
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,146
Production $36,684
Transportation & Material Moving $31,510