Living Wage Calculation for Bellingham, WA

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 $11.61 $25.25 $30.03 $38.35 $18.65 $22.85 $25.45 $29.48 $26.80 $9.05 $13.81 $16.38 $19.66
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 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50

*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 $3,573 $5,267 $7,929 $10,517 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820
Child Care $0 $8,712 $13,336 $17,959 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,712 $13,336 $17,959
Medical $1,955 $7,170 $6,827 $6,909 $5,397 $6,827 $6,909 $6,628 $5,397 $6,827 $6,909 $6,628
Housing $8,484 $12,336 $12,336 $17,940 $9,480 $12,336 $12,336 $17,940 $8,484 $12,336 $12,336 $17,940
Transportation $4,206 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307
Other $2,976 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121
Required annual income after taxes $21,194 $46,099 $54,814 $70,006 $34,042 $41,703 $46,455 $53,817 $33,046 $50,415 $59,791 $71,776
Annual taxes $2,957 $6,431 $7,647 $9,766 $4,749 $5,818 $6,481 $7,507 $4,610 $7,033 $8,341 $10,013
Required annual income before taxes $24,150 $52,530 $62,461 $79,772 $38,790 $47,520 $52,936 $61,324 $55,740 $37,656 $57,447 $68,132 $81,788

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $97,461
Business & Financial Operations $62,608
Computer & Mathematical $69,953
Architecture & Engineering $78,686
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,433
Community & Social Service $48,720
Legal $63,667
Education, Training, & Library $50,808
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,348
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,653
Healthcare Support $35,563
Protective Service $69,119
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,738
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,950
Personal Care & Service $26,849
Sales & Related $30,676
Office & Administrative Support $37,095
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,843
Construction & Extraction $56,034
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,164
Production $39,348
Transportation & Material Moving $36,807