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 $10.65 $22.73 $27.32 $35.29 $17.85 $20.49 $23.52 $26.03 $15.88 $8.51 $12.24 $15.23 $17.96
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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 $3,050 $4,489 $6,755 $8,966 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932
Child Care $0 $7,024 $12,211 $17,398 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,024 $12,211 $17,398
Medical $2,243 $5,403 $5,122 $5,179 $4,619 $5,122 $5,179 $4,849 $4,619 $5,122 $5,179 $4,849
Housing $6,384 $9,780 $9,780 $13,092 $7,908 $9,780 $9,780 $13,092 $6,384 $9,780 $9,780 $13,092
Transportation $4,173 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827
Other $2,877 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088
Required annual income after taxes $18,727 $39,972 $48,052 $62,067 $31,394 $36,039 $41,366 $45,788 $29,870 $43,063 $53,577 $63,186
Annual taxes $3,425 $7,305 $8,780 $11,342 $5,724 $6,584 $7,556 $8,364 $5,512 $7,868 $9,789 $11,545
Required annual income before taxes $22,152 $47,277 $56,833 $73,409 $37,119 $42,623 $48,922 $54,152 $49,554 $35,382 $50,932 $63,366 $74,731

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $97,847
Business & Financial Operations $65,487
Computer & Mathematical $71,043
Architecture & Engineering $69,926
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,004
Community & Social Service $46,863
Legal $88,396
Education, Training, & Library $45,121
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,570
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $68,480
Healthcare Support $29,438
Protective Service $46,084
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,080
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,307
Personal Care & Service $22,222
Sales & Related $24,877
Office & Administrative Support $35,885
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,999
Construction & Extraction $50,071
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,706
Production $36,900
Transportation & Material Moving $31,427