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 $14.70 $30.63 $34.63 $41.86 $21.80 $26.10 $28.58 $32.29 $31.71 $10.41 $16.44 $18.61 $21.40
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 $11.00 $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 $3,477 $5,124 $7,715 $10,233 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474
Child Care $0 $12,373 $15,781 $19,189 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,373 $15,781 $19,189
Medical $2,660 $7,195 $6,851 $6,934 $5,895 $6,851 $6,934 $6,653 $5,895 $6,851 $6,934 $6,653
Housing $14,019 $19,491 $19,491 $24,547 $15,789 $19,491 $19,491 $24,547 $14,019 $19,491 $19,491 $24,547
Transportation $3,893 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $26,834 $55,910 $63,210 $76,408 $39,784 $47,647 $52,174 $58,943 $38,014 $60,020 $67,955 $78,132
Annual taxes $3,743 $7,799 $8,818 $10,659 $5,550 $6,647 $7,278 $8,223 $5,303 $8,373 $9,480 $10,899
Required annual income before taxes $30,577 $63,710 $72,028 $87,067 $45,334 $54,294 $59,453 $67,166 $65,966 $43,317 $68,393 $77,435 $89,032

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $127,098
Business & Financial Operations $79,427
Computer & Mathematical $95,835
Architecture & Engineering $91,206
Life, Physical, & Social Science $77,277
Community & Social Service $47,959
Legal $110,289
Education, Training, & Library $63,513
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $61,713
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $88,922
Healthcare Support $36,159
Protective Service $56,065
Food Preparation & Serving Related $27,652
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $37,147
Personal Care & Service $30,337
Sales & Related $35,172
Office & Administrative Support $45,078
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,259
Construction & Extraction $63,955
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $56,682
Production $39,101
Transportation & Material Moving $0