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 $11.34 $23.29 $27.26 $33.64 $18.14 $21.63 $24.19 $26.89 $24.92 $9.03 $12.78 $14.97 $17.22
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 $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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107
Medical $2,165 $6,969 $6,625 $6,707 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426
Housing $7,044 $9,048 $9,048 $12,348 $7,212 $9,048 $9,048 $12,348 $7,044 $9,048 $9,048 $12,348
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $19,650 $40,395 $47,297 $58,368 $31,455 $37,509 $41,971 $46,652 $31,287 $44,355 $51,947 $59,759
Annual taxes $3,929 $8,042 $9,405 $11,602 $6,284 $7,472 $8,353 $9,288 $6,261 $8,824 $10,323 $11,877
Required annual income before taxes $23,578 $48,437 $56,701 $69,970 $37,739 $44,980 $50,324 $55,940 $51,837 $37,548 $53,178 $62,271 $71,636

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,582
Business & Financial Operations $59,223
Computer & Mathematical $76,218
Architecture & Engineering $72,062
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,768
Community & Social Service $43,360
Legal $53,431
Education, Training, & Library $44,903
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,146
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,429
Healthcare Support $26,489
Protective Service $0
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,381
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,393
Personal Care & Service $20,749
Sales & Related $23,002
Office & Administrative Support $31,252
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $36,951
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,943
Production $29,236
Transportation & Material Moving $29,092