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 $11.02 $24.69 $28.97 $37.52 $18.23 $21.84 $24.85 $28.54 $17.18 $8.82 $13.29 $16.05 $19.16
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 $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 $3,564 $5,245 $7,893 $10,476 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773
Child Care $0 $8,659 $13,253 $17,848 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,659 $13,253 $17,848
Medical $1,984 $7,032 $6,751 $6,808 $5,264 $6,751 $6,808 $6,478 $5,264 $6,751 $6,808 $6,478
Housing $7,908 $11,616 $11,616 $16,908 $8,964 $11,616 $11,616 $16,908 $7,908 $11,616 $11,616 $16,908
Transportation $3,860 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013
Other $2,803 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932
Required annual income after taxes $20,119 $45,060 $52,885 $68,486 $33,270 $39,863 $45,357 $52,103 $32,214 $48,522 $58,610 $69,951
Annual taxes $2,807 $6,286 $7,377 $9,554 $4,641 $5,561 $6,327 $7,268 $4,494 $6,769 $8,176 $9,758
Required annual income before taxes $22,926 $51,345 $60,262 $78,040 $37,911 $45,424 $51,685 $59,372 $53,593 $36,708 $55,291 $66,786 $79,710

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 $62,382
Computer & Mathematical $66,963
Architecture & Engineering $79,407
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,743
Community & Social Service $50,338
Legal $64,216
Education, Training, & Library $48,975
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,950
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $73,728
Healthcare Support $35,680
Protective Service $71,873
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,436
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,511
Personal Care & Service $25,154
Sales & Related $29,254
Office & Administrative Support $36,316
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $41,133
Construction & Extraction $54,274
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,417
Production $37,648
Transportation & Material Moving $36,377