Living Wage Calculation for Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA

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 $14.11 $30.16 $33.71 $41.22 $21.40 $25.25 $28.12 $31.56 $20.55 $10.19 $15.99 $18.36 $21.00
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 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00

*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 $3,467 $5,103 $7,680 $10,192 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428
Child Care $0 $12,296 $15,684 $19,071 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,296 $15,684 $19,071
Medical $2,688 $7,056 $6,775 $6,833 $5,761 $6,775 $6,833 $6,503 $5,761 $6,775 $6,833 $6,503
Housing $13,333 $18,839 $18,839 $23,694 $15,195 $18,839 $18,839 $23,694 $13,333 $18,839 $18,839 $23,694
Transportation $3,609 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361
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 $25,753 $55,045 $61,542 $75,246 $39,063 $46,083 $51,331 $57,605 $37,202 $58,379 $67,015 $76,676
Annual taxes $3,593 $7,679 $8,585 $10,497 $5,449 $6,429 $7,161 $8,036 $5,190 $8,144 $9,349 $10,696
Required annual income before taxes $29,345 $62,724 $70,127 $85,743 $44,512 $52,512 $58,491 $65,641 $64,112 $42,391 $66,523 $76,363 $87,372

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $124,784
Business & Financial Operations $78,823
Computer & Mathematical $96,873
Architecture & Engineering $88,878
Life, Physical, & Social Science $72,693
Community & Social Service $46,422
Legal $109,573
Education, Training, & Library $63,171
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $61,941
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $85,967
Healthcare Support $33,866
Protective Service $53,823
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,318
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $36,152
Personal Care & Service $29,407
Sales & Related $33,979
Office & Administrative Support $44,393
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,894
Construction & Extraction $66,523
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $55,934
Production $38,151
Transportation & Material Moving $35,486