Living Wage Calculation for Fargo, ND

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 $9.87 $22.01 $27.52 $34.99 $16.66 $21.33 $23.76 $26.83 $12.53 $7.97 $12.53 $15.03 $17.86
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 $3,047 $4,613 $6,867 $9,073 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031
Child Care $0 $6,697 $11,328 $15,959 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,697 $11,328 $15,959
Medical $2,165 $7,053 $6,766 $6,927 $5,175 $6,766 $6,927 $6,784 $5,175 $6,766 $6,927 $6,784
Housing $5,868 $9,252 $9,252 $13,488 $7,200 $9,252 $9,252 $13,488 $5,868 $9,252 $9,252 $13,488
Transportation $4,235 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498
Other $2,560 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702
Required annual income after taxes $17,875 $39,831 $49,744 $63,166 $30,178 $38,619 $42,978 $48,504 $28,846 $45,316 $54,306 $64,463
Annual taxes $2,663 $5,941 $7,505 $9,614 $4,482 $5,750 $6,438 $7,300 $4,299 $6,807 $8,225 $9,819
Required annual income before taxes $20,538 $45,772 $57,250 $72,780 $34,660 $44,369 $49,415 $55,805 $52,123 $33,145 $52,123 $62,531 $74,282

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,990
Business & Financial Operations $53,090
Computer & Mathematical $58,930
Architecture & Engineering $59,550
Life, Physical, & Social Science $49,920
Community & Social Service $43,440
Legal $60,330
Education, Training, & Library $44,900
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,310
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,230
Healthcare Support $28,500
Protective Service $35,820
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,920
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,310
Personal Care & Service $23,240
Sales & Related $27,140
Office & Administrative Support $31,600
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,250
Construction & Extraction $41,310
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,500
Production $34,310
Transportation & Material Moving $33,730