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 $10.41 $22.17 $27.56 $34.48 $17.22 $21.49 $23.97 $26.64 $12.64 $8.15 $12.64 $15.07 $17.61
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 $6,552 $10,176 $10,176 $13,608 $8,244 $10,176 $10,176 $13,608 $6,552 $10,176 $10,176 $13,608
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 $18,367 $39,106 $48,602 $60,804 $30,391 $37,911 $42,269 $46,992 $28,699 $44,591 $53,163 $62,101
Annual taxes $3,291 $7,012 $8,720 $10,909 $5,435 $6,797 $7,581 $8,424 $5,202 $7,999 $9,541 $11,143
Required annual income before taxes $21,658 $46,118 $57,322 $71,713 $35,826 $44,708 $49,850 $55,416 $52,589 $33,901 $52,589 $62,704 $73,244

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $92,500
Business & Financial Operations $64,780
Computer & Mathematical $64,230
Architecture & Engineering $68,650
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,460
Community & Social Service $45,370
Legal $69,540
Education, Training, & Library $42,820
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,340
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,560
Healthcare Support $28,200
Protective Service $38,020
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,270
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,070
Personal Care & Service $20,680
Sales & Related $24,180
Office & Administrative Support $34,590
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,830
Construction & Extraction $47,880
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,890
Production $35,510
Transportation & Material Moving $31,020