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 $10.85 $22.64 $26.05 $32.30 $17.77 $20.45 $23.45 $25.44 $15.82 $8.88 $12.19 $14.58 $16.47
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 $6,744 $8,160 $8,160 $10,464 $6,780 $8,160 $8,160 $10,464 $6,744 $8,160 $8,160 $10,464
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 $18,816 $39,237 $45,163 $55,964 $30,803 $35,442 $40,644 $44,052 $30,767 $42,246 $50,559 $57,078
Annual taxes $3,760 $7,852 $9,023 $11,220 $6,166 $7,097 $8,125 $8,858 $6,161 $8,445 $10,089 $11,438
Required annual income before taxes $22,576 $47,088 $54,187 $67,184 $36,969 $42,539 $48,769 $52,910 $49,357 $36,928 $50,691 $60,648 $68,516

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,357
Business & Financial Operations $56,027
Computer & Mathematical $63,150
Architecture & Engineering $65,856
Life, Physical, & Social Science $46,381
Community & Social Service $41,810
Legal $56,047
Education, Training, & Library $42,825
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,556
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,873
Healthcare Support $26,004
Protective Service $31,170
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,250
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,929
Personal Care & Service $21,474
Sales & Related $24,395
Office & Administrative Support $31,334
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,195
Construction & Extraction $34,522
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,063
Production $32,093
Transportation & Material Moving $30,166