Living Wage Calculation for Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, 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 $11.65 $23.96 $27.38 $34.38 $19.03 $21.78 $24.77 $27.52 $16.70 $9.27 $12.85 $15.24 $17.51
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 $8,190 $10,579 $10,579 $14,262 $9,068 $10,579 $10,579 $14,262 $8,190 $10,579 $10,579 $14,262
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 $20,263 $41,656 $47,582 $59,762 $33,091 $37,861 $43,063 $47,850 $32,213 $44,665 $52,978 $60,876
Annual taxes $3,961 $8,189 $9,361 $11,750 $6,486 $7,434 $8,463 $9,388 $6,363 $8,783 $10,427 $11,968
Required annual income before taxes $24,224 $49,845 $56,943 $71,512 $39,577 $45,296 $51,525 $57,237 $52,114 $38,577 $53,448 $63,405 $72,844

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $116,512
Business & Financial Operations $69,157
Computer & Mathematical $88,253
Architecture & Engineering $76,147
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,884
Community & Social Service $46,269
Legal $66,072
Education, Training, & Library $43,604
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,286
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,598
Healthcare Support $25,123
Protective Service $34,153
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,680
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,944
Personal Care & Service $22,253
Sales & Related $29,684
Office & Administrative Support $35,137
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,890
Construction & Extraction $37,607
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,418
Production $34,163
Transportation & Material Moving $30,853