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 $10.05 $21.15 $25.63 $33.05 $16.99 $19.93 $22.91 $25.01 $14.92 $8.20 $11.44 $14.36 $16.84
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 $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $5,131 $10,147 $15,162 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,131 $10,147 $15,162
Medical $2,524 $6,681 $6,400 $6,458 $4,966 $6,400 $6,458 $6,127 $4,966 $6,400 $6,458 $6,127
Housing $5,124 $7,680 $7,680 $10,224 $6,180 $7,680 $7,680 $10,224 $5,124 $7,680 $7,680 $10,224
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $17,525 $36,934 $44,766 $57,711 $29,668 $34,813 $40,014 $43,662 $28,612 $39,944 $50,161 $58,824
Annual taxes $3,381 $7,057 $8,547 $11,035 $5,668 $6,651 $7,640 $8,358 $5,520 $7,628 $9,572 $11,246
Required annual income before taxes $20,906 $43,991 $53,313 $68,746 $35,336 $41,464 $47,654 $52,020 $46,566 $34,132 $47,572 $59,733 $70,070

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $96,340
Business & Financial Operations $63,940
Computer & Mathematical $69,649
Architecture & Engineering $99,866
Life, Physical, & Social Science $75,245
Community & Social Service $46,146
Legal $52,511
Education, Training, & Library $44,936
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $31,181
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $48,144
Healthcare Support $24,313
Protective Service $42,179
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,881
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,360
Personal Care & Service $19,260
Sales & Related $22,919
Office & Administrative Support $30,289
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $21,330
Construction & Extraction $40,662
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,844
Production $36,449
Transportation & Material Moving $25,041