Living Wage Calculation for Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

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 $10.32 $22.27 $27.66 $34.59 $17.03 $21.59 $24.07 $26.75 $12.69 $8.11 $12.69 $15.12 $17.66
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 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50

*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 $6,680 $10,894 $15,109 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,680 $10,894 $15,109
Medical $1,973 $5,420 $5,134 $5,294 $4,344 $5,134 $5,294 $5,152 $4,344 $5,134 $5,294 $5,152
Housing $6,390 $10,357 $10,357 $13,812 $7,897 $10,357 $10,357 $13,812 $6,390 $10,357 $10,357 $13,812
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 $18,205 $39,286 $48,782 $61,008 $30,044 $38,091 $42,450 $47,196 $28,537 $44,771 $53,344 $62,305
Annual taxes $3,269 $7,037 $8,745 $10,937 $5,387 $6,822 $7,606 $8,452 $5,180 $8,023 $9,566 $11,171
Required annual income before taxes $21,473 $46,323 $57,528 $71,945 $35,430 $44,913 $50,056 $55,648 $52,795 $33,717 $52,795 $62,909 $73,476

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,850
Business & Financial Operations $69,070
Computer & Mathematical $81,740
Architecture & Engineering $88,190
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,070
Community & Social Service $41,340
Legal $83,300
Education, Training, & Library $47,000
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,640
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,180
Healthcare Support $27,340
Protective Service $40,900
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,450
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,870
Personal Care & Service $21,270
Sales & Related $24,770
Office & Administrative Support $34,270
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,770
Construction & Extraction $53,760
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,790
Production $38,640
Transportation & Material Moving $33,370