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 $9.83 $21.04 $26.84 $33.76 $16.13 $21.34 $23.80 $26.12 $12.09 $7.80 $12.09 $14.70 $17.25
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 $4,966 $9,820 $14,674 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,966 $9,820 $14,674
Medical $2,112 $7,416 $7,130 $7,290 $4,180 $7,130 $7,290 $7,148 $4,180 $7,130 $7,290 $7,148
Housing $5,256 $7,584 $7,584 $10,356 $6,240 $7,584 $7,584 $10,356 $5,256 $7,584 $7,584 $10,356
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 $17,210 $36,848 $47,000 $59,123 $28,255 $37,378 $41,683 $45,728 $27,271 $42,344 $51,503 $60,402
Annual taxes $3,244 $6,919 $8,821 $11,102 $5,298 $7,018 $7,825 $8,591 $5,163 $7,949 $9,665 $11,341
Required annual income before taxes $20,454 $43,767 $55,821 $70,224 $33,553 $44,397 $49,508 $54,320 $50,293 $32,434 $50,293 $61,168 $71,744

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,030
Business & Financial Operations $61,390
Computer & Mathematical $62,860
Architecture & Engineering $95,510
Life, Physical, & Social Science $73,520
Community & Social Service $44,310
Legal $51,590
Education, Training, & Library $44,260
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $26,410
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $47,410
Healthcare Support $22,690
Protective Service $42,150
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,070
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,410
Personal Care & Service $18,780
Sales & Related $20,620
Office & Administrative Support $28,950
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $22,190
Construction & Extraction $37,230
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,120
Production $32,240
Transportation & Material Moving $24,000