Living Wage Calculation for Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

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 $10.13 $21.65 $27.04 $33.78 $16.73 $20.98 $23.45 $25.94 $12.38 $8.01 $12.38 $14.81 $17.26
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 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50

*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 $6,680 $10,894 $15,109 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,680 $10,894 $15,109
Medical $1,973 $5,420 $5,134 $5,294 $4,344 $5,134 $5,294 $5,152 $4,344 $5,134 $5,294 $5,152
Housing $6,036 $9,228 $9,228 $12,324 $7,344 $9,228 $9,228 $12,324 $6,036 $9,228 $9,228 $12,324
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 $17,851 $38,158 $47,654 $59,520 $29,491 $36,963 $41,321 $45,708 $28,183 $43,643 $52,215 $60,817
Annual taxes $3,220 $6,882 $8,590 $10,733 $5,311 $6,667 $7,451 $8,248 $5,131 $7,868 $9,411 $10,966
Required annual income before taxes $21,071 $45,039 $56,244 $70,253 $34,802 $43,629 $48,772 $53,956 $51,511 $33,314 $51,511 $61,626 $71,783

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,790
Business & Financial Operations $55,990
Computer & Mathematical $58,550
Architecture & Engineering $68,860
Life, Physical, & Social Science $0
Community & Social Service $42,350
Legal $68,840
Education, Training, & Library $40,060
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,460
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,330
Healthcare Support $27,130
Protective Service $39,500
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,910
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,920
Personal Care & Service $19,490
Sales & Related $24,530
Office & Administrative Support $31,460
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,650
Construction & Extraction $44,160
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,720
Production $32,220
Transportation & Material Moving $29,400