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 $11.24 $22.35 $27.56 $34.31 $17.51 $22.04 $24.51 $27.25 $12.75 $8.73 $12.75 $15.07 $17.52
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 $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 $2,983 $4,516 $6,722 $8,882 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799
Child Care $0 $6,035 $9,808 $13,580 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,035 $9,808 $13,580
Medical $2,128 $6,283 $5,996 $6,157 $4,928 $5,996 $6,157 $6,015 $4,928 $5,996 $6,157 $6,015
Housing $7,620 $9,708 $9,708 $13,212 $7,704 $9,708 $9,708 $13,212 $7,620 $9,708 $9,708 $13,212
Transportation $4,401 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951
Other $2,458 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474
Required annual income after taxes $19,589 $38,908 $47,978 $59,751 $30,468 $38,369 $42,673 $47,451 $30,384 $44,404 $52,481 $61,031
Annual taxes $3,788 $7,572 $9,339 $11,619 $5,947 $7,467 $8,305 $9,221 $5,936 $8,643 $10,217 $11,868
Required annual income before taxes $23,378 $46,479 $57,318 $71,370 $36,415 $45,835 $50,979 $56,672 $53,047 $36,319 $53,047 $62,698 $72,899

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,030
Business & Financial Operations $58,390
Computer & Mathematical $68,600
Architecture & Engineering $71,650
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,700
Community & Social Service $38,890
Legal $54,770
Education, Training, & Library $41,440
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,990
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $51,890
Healthcare Support $23,480
Protective Service $40,220
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,530
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,100
Personal Care & Service $19,430
Sales & Related $21,880
Office & Administrative Support $31,260
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,810
Construction & Extraction $33,800
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $36,720
Production $25,920
Transportation & Material Moving $26,380