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 $10.05 $22.49 $26.11 $33.54 $17.29 $20.25 $23.22 $26.18 $15.69 $8.28 $12.11 $14.60 $17.08
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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 $3,050 $4,489 $6,755 $8,966 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932
Child Care $0 $7,109 $10,715 $14,322 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,109 $10,715 $14,322
Medical $2,160 $6,527 $6,246 $6,304 $5,165 $6,246 $6,304 $5,974 $5,165 $6,246 $6,304 $5,974
Housing $5,892 $9,204 $9,204 $13,404 $7,224 $9,204 $9,204 $13,404 $5,892 $9,204 $9,204 $13,404
Transportation $4,173 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827
Other $2,877 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088
Required annual income after taxes $18,152 $40,605 $47,105 $60,427 $31,257 $36,588 $41,915 $47,224 $29,925 $43,697 $52,630 $61,546
Annual taxes $2,749 $6,170 $7,211 $9,343 $4,716 $5,525 $6,378 $7,226 $4,530 $6,665 $8,096 $9,522
Required annual income before taxes $20,901 $46,775 $54,316 $69,770 $35,973 $42,113 $48,293 $54,450 $48,968 $34,455 $50,362 $60,726 $71,068

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $90,887
Business & Financial Operations $56,488
Computer & Mathematical $64,821
Architecture & Engineering $64,739
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,946
Community & Social Service $45,438
Legal $63,284
Education, Training, & Library $45,643
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,117
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,815
Healthcare Support $31,078
Protective Service $39,688
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,027
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,045
Personal Care & Service $25,697
Sales & Related $29,500
Office & Administrative Support $33,958
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,332
Construction & Extraction $44,383
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,263
Production $36,244
Transportation & Material Moving $35,967