Living Wage Calculation for Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

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 $12.15 $24.70 $28.67 $35.59 $19.62 $23.03 $25.60 $28.84 $26.33 $9.43 $13.49 $15.67 $18.19
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 $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 $2,994 $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 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107
Medical $2,165 $6,969 $6,625 $6,707 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426
Housing $8,531 $11,621 $11,621 $15,904 $9,899 $11,621 $11,621 $15,904 $8,531 $11,621 $11,621 $15,904
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 $21,136 $42,968 $49,869 $61,924 $34,142 $40,081 $44,544 $50,208 $32,774 $46,927 $54,520 $63,315
Annual taxes $4,136 $8,401 $9,764 $12,098 $6,659 $7,831 $8,712 $9,784 $6,468 $9,183 $10,682 $12,373
Required annual income before taxes $25,272 $51,369 $59,633 $74,022 $40,801 $47,912 $53,256 $59,992 $54,769 $39,242 $56,110 $65,202 $75,688

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $126,141
Business & Financial Operations $71,948
Computer & Mathematical $89,128
Architecture & Engineering $78,563
Life, Physical, & Social Science $69,562
Community & Social Service $47,074
Legal $75,539
Education, Training, & Library $57,423
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $52,475
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $65,097
Healthcare Support $28,279
Protective Service $40,243
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,778
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,926
Personal Care & Service $22,982
Sales & Related $29,041
Office & Administrative Support $38,299
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,885
Construction & Extraction $39,873
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,696
Production $34,915
Transportation & Material Moving $29,586