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 $10.97 $23.36 $27.96 $36.08 $18.12 $21.13 $24.15 $26.82 $16.31 $8.66 $12.56 $15.55 $18.36
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
Minimum Wage $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25

*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 $3,050 $4,489 $6,755 $8,966 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932
Child Care $0 $7,024 $12,211 $17,398 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,024 $12,211 $17,398
Medical $2,243 $5,403 $5,122 $5,179 $4,619 $5,122 $5,179 $4,849 $4,619 $5,122 $5,179 $4,849
Housing $6,961 $10,938 $10,938 $14,526 $8,410 $10,938 $10,938 $14,526 $6,961 $10,938 $10,938 $14,526
Transportation $4,173 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827
Other $2,877 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088
Required annual income after taxes $19,304 $41,129 $49,210 $63,501 $31,897 $37,197 $42,524 $47,222 $30,447 $44,221 $54,735 $64,620
Annual taxes $3,506 $7,466 $8,942 $11,542 $5,794 $6,745 $7,718 $8,564 $5,592 $8,030 $9,950 $11,745
Required annual income before taxes $22,810 $48,596 $58,152 $75,043 $37,691 $43,943 $50,242 $55,786 $50,874 $36,040 $52,251 $64,685 $76,365

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $109,040
Business & Financial Operations $70,582
Computer & Mathematical $81,969
Architecture & Engineering $88,683
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,297
Community & Social Service $43,050
Legal $88,273
Education, Training, & Library $48,267
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,144
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,117
Healthcare Support $28,772
Protective Service $39,442
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,203
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,934
Personal Care & Service $21,146
Sales & Related $26,824
Office & Administrative Support $35,855
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $21,556
Construction & Extraction $55,135
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,294
Production $40,006
Transportation & Material Moving $34,830