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 $11.18 $23.05 $28.26 $35.15 $18.37 $22.74 $25.21 $28.08 $13.10 $8.70 $13.10 $15.42 $17.94
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 $2,983 $4,516 $6,722 $8,882 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799
Child Care $0 $6,035 $9,808 $13,580 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,035 $9,808 $13,580
Medical $2,128 $6,283 $5,996 $6,157 $4,928 $5,996 $6,157 $6,015 $4,928 $5,996 $6,157 $6,015
Housing $7,507 $10,989 $10,989 $14,740 $9,290 $10,989 $10,989 $14,740 $7,507 $10,989 $10,989 $14,740
Transportation $4,401 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951
Other $2,458 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474
Required annual income after taxes $19,477 $40,189 $49,259 $61,279 $32,054 $39,650 $43,954 $48,979 $30,271 $45,685 $53,762 $62,559
Annual taxes $3,773 $7,748 $9,515 $11,829 $6,165 $7,643 $8,482 $9,431 $5,920 $8,819 $10,393 $12,078
Required annual income before taxes $23,250 $47,936 $58,775 $73,108 $38,219 $47,293 $52,436 $58,410 $54,504 $36,191 $54,504 $64,156 $74,637

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $116,850
Business & Financial Operations $69,450
Computer & Mathematical $87,800
Architecture & Engineering $76,660
Life, Physical, & Social Science $67,120
Community & Social Service $45,250
Legal $56,720
Education, Training, & Library $51,870
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $51,120
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,800
Healthcare Support $25,230
Protective Service $36,490
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,400
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,320
Personal Care & Service $22,700
Sales & Related $27,740
Office & Administrative Support $35,840
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,680
Construction & Extraction $36,480
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,360
Production $33,030
Transportation & Material Moving $27,510