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 $13.02 $27.31 $32.02 $38.85 $19.81 $24.67 $27.07 $30.34 $15.12 $9.32 $15.12 $17.27 $19.86
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 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00

*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 $3,464 $5,244 $7,806 $10,314 $6,351 $8,037 $10,321 $12,541 $6,351 $8,037 $10,321 $12,541
Child Care $0 $10,195 $13,676 $17,156 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,195 $13,676 $17,156
Medical $2,481 $6,277 $5,990 $6,151 $5,179 $5,990 $6,151 $6,009 $5,179 $5,990 $6,151 $6,009
Housing $11,939 $17,617 $17,617 $22,004 $14,088 $17,617 $17,617 $22,004 $11,939 $17,617 $17,617 $22,004
Transportation $3,568 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $9,687 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $9,687
Other $2,355 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $5,246 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $5,246
Required annual income after taxes $23,807 $49,949 $58,565 $71,040 $36,234 $45,119 $49,503 $55,487 $34,085 $55,314 $63,179 $72,643
Annual taxes $3,271 $6,863 $8,047 $9,761 $4,979 $6,200 $6,802 $7,624 $4,684 $7,601 $8,681 $9,982
Required annual income before taxes $27,078 $56,812 $66,612 $80,801 $41,213 $51,319 $56,306 $63,112 $62,915 $38,769 $62,915 $71,861 $82,625

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $118,490
Business & Financial Operations $77,010
Computer & Mathematical $93,930
Architecture & Engineering $84,790
Life, Physical, & Social Science $68,180
Community & Social Service $42,700
Legal $104,710
Education, Training, & Library $62,020
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $57,740
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $81,020
Healthcare Support $32,500
Protective Service $50,910
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,840
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $34,400
Personal Care & Service $27,560
Sales & Related $32,770
Office & Administrative Support $42,630
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,660
Construction & Extraction $63,940
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $54,210
Production $36,780
Transportation & Material Moving $34,320