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 $11.70 $24.45 $27.87 $35.11 $19.40 $22.27 $25.26 $28.25 $17.03 $9.30 $13.09 $15.49 $17.88
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 $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $6,804 $9,915 $13,026 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,804 $9,915 $13,026
Medical $2,195 $6,831 $6,550 $6,607 $5,501 $6,550 $6,607 $6,277 $5,501 $6,550 $6,607 $6,277
Housing $8,290 $11,474 $11,474 $15,594 $9,740 $11,474 $11,474 $15,594 $8,290 $11,474 $11,474 $15,594
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $20,363 $42,551 $48,478 $61,094 $33,763 $38,756 $43,958 $49,182 $32,313 $45,560 $53,873 $62,208
Annual taxes $3,975 $8,314 $9,486 $11,936 $6,579 $7,559 $8,587 $9,573 $6,377 $8,907 $10,552 $12,154
Required annual income before taxes $24,338 $50,865 $57,963 $73,030 $40,342 $46,316 $52,545 $58,755 $53,134 $38,690 $54,468 $64,425 $74,362

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $124,292
Business & Financial Operations $68,972
Computer & Mathematical $89,483
Architecture & Engineering $80,217
Life, Physical, & Social Science $70,971
Community & Social Service $46,299
Legal $70,920
Education, Training, & Library $54,817
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $51,742
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,642
Healthcare Support $26,804
Protective Service $39,001
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,521
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,518
Personal Care & Service $23,206
Sales & Related $28,249
Office & Administrative Support $37,351
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,830
Construction & Extraction $38,448
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,618
Production $35,660
Transportation & Material Moving $28,434