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 $11.04 $22.93 $28.11 $35.80 $18.05 $21.24 $23.84 $26.66 $24.59 $8.64 $12.63 $15.41 $18.30
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 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25

*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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $7,068 $12,287 $17,506 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,068 $12,287 $17,506
Medical $2,214 $5,536 $5,192 $5,274 $4,749 $5,192 $5,274 $4,993 $4,749 $5,192 $5,274 $4,993
Housing $6,480 $9,720 $9,720 $13,272 $7,908 $9,720 $9,720 $13,272 $6,480 $9,720 $9,720 $13,272
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $19,404 $40,331 $49,442 $62,971 $31,763 $37,347 $41,923 $46,892 $30,335 $44,415 $54,210 $64,398
Annual taxes $3,551 $7,368 $9,027 $11,485 $5,791 $6,825 $7,658 $8,558 $5,592 $8,112 $9,894 $11,744
Required annual income before taxes $22,955 $47,700 $58,468 $74,455 $37,554 $44,172 $49,581 $55,450 $51,141 $35,927 $52,527 $64,104 $76,143

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,428
Business & Financial Operations $60,170
Computer & Mathematical $64,655
Architecture & Engineering $70,704
Life, Physical, & Social Science $49,512
Community & Social Service $42,825
Legal $78,872
Education, Training, & Library $43,011
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,990
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $65,828
Healthcare Support $29,133
Protective Service $41,077
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,790
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,492
Personal Care & Service $23,126
Sales & Related $24,926
Office & Administrative Support $33,660
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,342
Construction & Extraction $48,020
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,327
Production $34,308
Transportation & Material Moving $31,160