Living Wage Calculation for Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, 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 $10.67 $21.40 $26.61 $32.68 $16.92 $21.09 $23.56 $25.61 $12.28 $8.45 $12.28 $14.60 $16.71
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 $6,576 $7,980 $7,980 $10,224 $6,636 $7,980 $7,980 $10,224 $6,576 $7,980 $7,980 $10,224
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 $18,545 $37,180 $46,250 $56,763 $29,400 $36,641 $40,945 $44,463 $29,340 $42,676 $50,753 $58,043
Annual taxes $3,645 $7,334 $9,102 $11,208 $5,801 $7,229 $8,068 $8,811 $5,792 $8,405 $9,980 $11,457
Required annual income before taxes $22,191 $44,514 $55,352 $67,971 $35,200 $43,870 $49,013 $53,273 $51,081 $35,132 $51,081 $60,733 $69,500

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $90,040
Business & Financial Operations $54,900
Computer & Mathematical $62,040
Architecture & Engineering $62,370
Life, Physical, & Social Science $47,110
Community & Social Service $38,800
Legal $50,430
Education, Training, & Library $39,730
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $34,750
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,240
Healthcare Support $24,490
Protective Service $30,210
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,390
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,570
Personal Care & Service $19,740
Sales & Related $23,330
Office & Administrative Support $29,820
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $22,560
Construction & Extraction $31,860
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,150
Production $30,040
Transportation & Material Moving $28,830