Living Wage Calculation for Dover, DE

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 $12.51 $24.80 $28.61 $35.81 $19.38 $22.99 $25.55 $29.26 $26.40 $9.57 $13.54 $15.64 $18.31
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 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25

*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 $7,107 $9,963 $12,818 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,107 $9,963 $12,818
Medical $2,390 $7,546 $7,202 $7,284 $5,680 $7,202 $7,284 $7,003 $5,680 $7,202 $7,284 $7,003
Housing $9,252 $11,196 $11,196 $16,308 $9,708 $11,196 $11,196 $16,308 $9,252 $11,196 $11,196 $16,308
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 $22,082 $43,381 $50,009 $62,616 $33,996 $40,234 $44,696 $51,190 $33,540 $47,341 $54,659 $64,008
Annual taxes $3,946 $8,198 $9,491 $11,858 $6,318 $7,585 $8,455 $9,677 $6,254 $8,970 $10,398 $12,144
Required annual income before taxes $26,028 $51,580 $59,499 $74,475 $40,314 $47,818 $53,151 $60,867 $54,918 $39,795 $56,311 $65,057 $76,152

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $107,120
Business & Financial Operations $64,315
Computer & Mathematical $70,621
Architecture & Engineering $67,566
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,427
Community & Social Service $43,823
Legal $66,722
Education, Training, & Library $56,332
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,844
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $65,087
Healthcare Support $29,565
Protective Service $41,550
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,336
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,582
Personal Care & Service $24,247
Sales & Related $24,051
Office & Administrative Support $32,929
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,392
Construction & Extraction $40,459
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,136
Production $31,798
Transportation & Material Moving $31,057