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 $12.33 $24.67 $31.51 $40.08 $19.27 $23.53 $25.99 $28.85 $13.88 $9.17 $13.88 $17.05 $20.41
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 $3,047 $4,613 $6,867 $9,073 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031
Child Care $0 $7,505 $14,338 $21,172 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,505 $14,338 $21,172
Medical $2,126 $5,669 $5,382 $5,543 $4,762 $5,382 $5,543 $5,401 $4,762 $5,382 $5,543 $5,401
Housing $9,901 $13,717 $13,717 $17,505 $11,592 $13,717 $13,717 $17,505 $9,901 $13,717 $13,717 $17,505
Transportation $4,235 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498
Other $2,560 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702
Required annual income after taxes $21,868 $43,720 $55,835 $71,012 $34,157 $41,700 $46,058 $51,137 $32,466 $49,205 $60,396 $72,309
Annual taxes $3,783 $7,595 $9,714 $12,357 $5,923 $7,241 $8,004 $8,881 $5,691 $8,554 $10,512 $12,584
Required annual income before taxes $25,651 $51,315 $65,549 $83,370 $40,080 $48,942 $54,062 $60,018 $57,759 $38,157 $57,759 $70,908 $84,893

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $99,530
Business & Financial Operations $66,430
Computer & Mathematical $81,260
Architecture & Engineering $76,130
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,340
Community & Social Service $43,420
Legal $78,310
Education, Training, & Library $52,480
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,450
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,050
Healthcare Support $26,960
Protective Service $40,040
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,580
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,070
Personal Care & Service $22,700
Sales & Related $28,330
Office & Administrative Support $34,900
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,120
Construction & Extraction $71,420
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,160
Production $31,460
Transportation & Material Moving $30,370