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 $11.25 $22.54 $27.75 $34.50 $18.00 $22.23 $24.70 $27.43 $12.85 $8.73 $12.85 $15.17 $17.62
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 $7,631 $10,059 $10,059 $13,554 $8,600 $10,059 $10,059 $13,554 $7,631 $10,059 $10,059 $13,554
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 $19,600 $39,258 $48,329 $60,093 $31,364 $38,720 $43,024 $47,793 $30,394 $44,755 $52,832 $61,373
Annual taxes $3,790 $7,620 $9,388 $11,666 $6,070 $7,515 $8,354 $9,268 $5,937 $8,691 $10,265 $11,915
Required annual income before taxes $23,390 $46,878 $57,717 $71,759 $37,434 $46,234 $51,378 $57,061 $53,446 $36,332 $53,446 $63,097 $73,288

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $110,630
Business & Financial Operations $67,700
Computer & Mathematical $84,950
Architecture & Engineering $71,540
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,950
Community & Social Service $43,340
Legal $58,780
Education, Training, & Library $41,050
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,370
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,160
Healthcare Support $23,680
Protective Service $32,940
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,840
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,230
Personal Care & Service $21,490
Sales & Related $28,450
Office & Administrative Support $33,520
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,260
Construction & Extraction $35,320
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,280
Production $32,360
Transportation & Material Moving $29,880