Living Wage Calculation for Decatur, AL

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 $10.46 $21.48 $26.52 $33.47 $17.16 $20.79 $23.34 $25.54 $23.25 $8.32 $11.87 $14.59 $17.13
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 $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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $5,163 $10,209 $15,256 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,163 $10,209 $15,256
Medical $2,496 $6,818 $6,475 $6,557 $5,097 $6,475 $6,557 $6,276 $5,097 $6,475 $6,557 $6,276
Housing $5,316 $8,028 $8,028 $10,476 $6,276 $8,028 $8,028 $10,476 $5,316 $8,028 $8,028 $10,476
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $18,252 $37,542 $46,359 $58,495 $29,982 $36,339 $40,801 $44,630 $29,022 $41,502 $51,010 $59,886
Annual taxes $3,498 $7,127 $8,798 $11,126 $5,703 $6,899 $7,745 $8,498 $5,569 $7,877 $9,679 $11,389
Required annual income before taxes $21,750 $44,669 $55,158 $69,621 $35,685 $43,238 $48,546 $53,128 $48,367 $34,591 $49,379 $60,690 $71,275

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,377
Business & Financial Operations $63,564
Computer & Mathematical $63,770
Architecture & Engineering $100,403
Life, Physical, & Social Science $74,520
Community & Social Service $47,753
Legal $54,995
Education, Training, & Library $46,086
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $34,678
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $49,502
Healthcare Support $24,298
Protective Service $43,607
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,165
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,247
Personal Care & Service $19,916
Sales & Related $23,023
Office & Administrative Support $30,573
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $20,976
Construction & Extraction $39,276
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,272
Production $36,622
Transportation & Material Moving $27,138