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 $10.53 $22.67 $27.26 $35.03 $17.73 $20.43 $23.46 $25.77 $15.84 $8.45 $12.21 $15.20 $17.83
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 $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 $3,050 $4,489 $6,755 $8,966 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932
Child Care $0 $7,024 $12,211 $17,398 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,024 $12,211 $17,398
Medical $2,243 $5,403 $5,122 $5,179 $4,619 $5,122 $5,179 $4,849 $4,619 $5,122 $5,179 $4,849
Housing $6,168 $9,672 $9,672 $12,612 $7,704 $9,672 $9,672 $12,612 $6,168 $9,672 $9,672 $12,612
Transportation $4,173 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827
Other $2,877 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088
Required annual income after taxes $18,511 $39,864 $47,944 $61,587 $31,190 $35,931 $41,258 $45,308 $29,654 $42,955 $53,469 $62,706
Annual taxes $3,395 $7,290 $8,765 $11,275 $5,696 $6,569 $7,541 $8,297 $5,482 $7,853 $9,773 $11,478
Required annual income before taxes $21,906 $47,153 $56,710 $72,862 $36,886 $42,500 $48,799 $53,605 $49,431 $35,136 $50,808 $63,243 $74,184

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,472
Business & Financial Operations $66,799
Computer & Mathematical $77,634
Architecture & Engineering $77,910
Life, Physical, & Social Science $86,551
Community & Social Service $41,605
Legal $57,841
Education, Training, & Library $44,762
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,839
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,125
Healthcare Support $29,120
Protective Service $45,090
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,090
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,637
Personal Care & Service $21,607
Sales & Related $23,442
Office & Administrative Support $33,333
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $44,311
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,453
Production $35,721
Transportation & Material Moving $31,673