Living Wage Calculation for Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL

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 $13.05 $26.72 $30.64 $38.29 $20.76 $23.89 $26.91 $29.78 $18.47 $9.92 $14.23 $16.88 $19.46
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 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25

*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 $3,050 $4,489 $6,755 $8,966 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932
Child Care $0 $8,085 $12,110 $16,136 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,085 $12,110 $16,136
Medical $2,501 $7,090 $6,809 $6,866 $5,684 $6,809 $6,866 $6,536 $5,684 $6,809 $6,866 $6,536
Housing $10,487 $14,307 $14,307 $18,294 $12,167 $14,307 $14,307 $18,294 $10,487 $14,307 $14,307 $18,294
Transportation $4,173 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827
Other $2,877 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088
Required annual income after taxes $23,089 $47,247 $54,166 $67,694 $36,718 $42,254 $47,581 $52,677 $35,038 $50,339 $59,691 $68,813
Annual taxes $4,049 $8,328 $9,556 $11,945 $6,459 $7,439 $8,384 $9,274 $6,224 $8,876 $10,537 $12,142
Required annual income before taxes $27,138 $55,575 $63,722 $79,638 $43,177 $49,693 $55,965 $61,951 $57,630 $41,263 $59,215 $70,227 $80,955

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,177
Business & Financial Operations $67,701
Computer & Mathematical $85,895
Architecture & Engineering $79,438
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,584
Community & Social Service $45,182
Legal $86,807
Education, Training, & Library $55,330
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,333
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $70,735
Healthcare Support $27,655
Protective Service $41,523
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,992
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,254
Personal Care & Service $23,708
Sales & Related $29,910
Office & Administrative Support $36,767
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,107
Construction & Extraction $77,675
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,153
Production $32,944
Transportation & Material Moving $30,525