Living Wage Calculation for Burlington, NC

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 $11.45 $23.68 $27.09 $34.08 $18.45 $21.49 $24.49 $27.22 $16.51 $9.17 $12.70 $15.10 $17.36
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
Minimum Wage $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

*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 $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $6,804 $9,915 $13,026 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,804 $9,915 $13,026
Medical $2,195 $6,831 $6,550 $6,607 $5,501 $6,550 $6,607 $6,277 $5,501 $6,550 $6,607 $6,277
Housing $7,824 $10,056 $10,056 $13,716 $8,016 $10,056 $10,056 $13,716 $7,824 $10,056 $10,056 $13,716
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
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 $19,896 $41,133 $47,059 $59,216 $32,039 $37,338 $42,540 $47,304 $31,847 $44,142 $52,455 $60,330
Annual taxes $3,910 $8,116 $9,288 $11,674 $6,339 $7,362 $8,390 $9,311 $6,312 $8,710 $10,354 $11,892
Required annual income before taxes $23,807 $49,249 $56,347 $70,890 $38,378 $44,700 $50,929 $56,615 $51,518 $38,159 $52,852 $62,809 $72,222

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $97,847
Business & Financial Operations $58,528
Computer & Mathematical $72,457
Architecture & Engineering $73,195
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,521
Community & Social Service $39,821
Legal $53,628
Education, Training, & Library $43,522
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,800
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,022
Healthcare Support $25,061
Protective Service $40,611
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,414
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,786
Personal Care & Service $19,649
Sales & Related $23,001
Office & Administrative Support $31,970
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $36,726
Construction & Extraction $35,188
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,530
Production $27,122
Transportation & Material Moving $26,999