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 $13.34 $26.96 $31.50 $38.72 $20.96 $24.64 $27.26 $30.26 $28.53 $10.04 $14.65 $17.11 $19.77
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $8,135 $12,186 $16,236 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,135 $12,186 $16,236
Medical $2,473 $7,229 $6,885 $6,967 $5,817 $6,885 $6,967 $6,687 $5,817 $6,885 $6,967 $6,687
Housing $10,181 $13,826 $13,826 $17,656 $11,784 $13,826 $13,826 $17,656 $10,181 $13,826 $13,826 $17,656
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $23,364 $47,197 $55,140 $67,778 $36,709 $43,146 $47,722 $52,970 $35,105 $51,281 $59,908 $69,206
Annual taxes $4,376 $8,881 $10,386 $12,769 $6,893 $8,113 $8,980 $9,963 $6,669 $9,655 $11,290 $13,040
Required annual income before taxes $27,739 $56,078 $65,526 $80,548 $43,601 $51,260 $56,703 $62,933 $59,341 $41,774 $60,936 $71,198 $82,245

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $105,320
Business & Financial Operations $68,543
Computer & Mathematical $87,317
Architecture & Engineering $80,744
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,208
Community & Social Service $45,675
Legal $92,872
Education, Training, & Library $53,267
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,996
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $72,401
Healthcare Support $28,876
Protective Service $44,111
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,570
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,864
Personal Care & Service $23,938
Sales & Related $30,368
Office & Administrative Support $37,517
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,932
Construction & Extraction $80,230
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,983
Production $33,300
Transportation & Material Moving $31,345