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 $11.11 $22.82 $26.79 $32.64 $17.85 $21.16 $23.73 $25.90 $24.45 $8.91 $12.55 $14.74 $16.72
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107
Medical $2,165 $6,969 $6,625 $6,707 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426
Housing $6,636 $8,196 $8,196 $10,524 $6,672 $8,196 $8,196 $10,524 $6,636 $8,196 $8,196 $10,524
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $19,242 $39,543 $46,445 $56,544 $30,915 $36,657 $41,119 $44,828 $30,879 $43,503 $51,095 $57,935
Annual taxes $3,872 $7,923 $9,286 $11,347 $6,209 $7,353 $8,234 $9,034 $6,204 $8,705 $10,204 $11,622
Required annual income before taxes $23,113 $47,466 $55,731 $67,892 $37,124 $44,010 $49,354 $53,862 $50,866 $37,083 $52,208 $61,300 $69,558

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,002
Business & Financial Operations $56,909
Computer & Mathematical $60,921
Architecture & Engineering $64,963
Life, Physical, & Social Science $49,440
Community & Social Service $43,988
Legal $53,586
Education, Training, & Library $42,774
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,980
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,970
Healthcare Support $28,300
Protective Service $35,573
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,638
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,856
Personal Care & Service $21,891
Sales & Related $23,948
Office & Administrative Support $31,818
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $36,221
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,696
Production $32,867
Transportation & Material Moving $30,728