Living Wage Calculation for Lansing-East Lansing, 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 $11.32 $23.23 $28.41 $36.04 $18.26 $21.54 $24.14 $26.90 $24.89 $8.78 $12.78 $15.56 $18.43
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 $6,996 $10,272 $10,272 $13,716 $8,280 $10,272 $10,272 $13,716 $6,996 $10,272 $10,272 $13,716
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 $19,920 $40,883 $49,994 $63,415 $32,135 $37,899 $42,475 $47,336 $30,851 $44,967 $54,762 $64,842
Annual taxes $3,623 $7,445 $9,104 $11,547 $5,843 $6,902 $7,735 $8,620 $5,664 $8,189 $9,971 $11,806
Required annual income before taxes $23,543 $48,329 $59,097 $74,961 $37,978 $44,801 $50,210 $55,956 $51,770 $36,515 $53,156 $64,733 $76,648

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $99,724
Business & Financial Operations $64,953
Computer & Mathematical $70,765
Architecture & Engineering $73,985
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,643
Community & Social Service $47,979
Legal $74,242
Education, Training, & Library $41,210
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $54,337
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $69,047
Healthcare Support $31,612
Protective Service $45,305
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,585
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,121
Personal Care & Service $23,012
Sales & Related $24,710
Office & Administrative Support $36,139
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,553
Construction & Extraction $50,695
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,124
Production $37,867
Transportation & Material Moving $31,273