Living Wage Calculation for Lewiston-Auburn, ME

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 $11.02 $23.51 $27.67 $34.84 $18.21 $21.33 $24.39 $26.86 $16.53 $8.85 $12.73 $15.43 $17.84
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 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00

*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 $3,467 $5,103 $7,680 $10,192 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428
Child Care $0 $7,070 $11,099 $15,129 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,070 $11,099 $15,129
Medical $2,367 $6,694 $6,413 $6,471 $5,462 $6,413 $6,471 $6,141 $5,462 $6,413 $6,471 $6,141
Housing $6,996 $9,984 $9,984 $12,756 $7,920 $9,984 $9,984 $12,756 $6,996 $9,984 $9,984 $12,756
Transportation $3,609 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $19,094 $40,602 $47,740 $60,004 $31,490 $36,867 $42,114 $46,306 $30,566 $43,937 $53,213 $61,435
Annual taxes $3,832 $8,307 $9,820 $12,467 $6,390 $7,510 $8,621 $9,555 $6,261 $9,012 $10,979 $12,768
Required annual income before taxes $22,927 $48,910 $57,560 $72,472 $37,880 $44,377 $50,736 $55,861 $51,562 $36,827 $52,948 $64,192 $74,203

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $83,189
Business & Financial Operations $55,781
Computer & Mathematical $63,468
Architecture & Engineering $63,468
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,239
Community & Social Service $41,728
Legal $55,586
Education, Training, & Library $43,378
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,028
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,583
Healthcare Support $28,608
Protective Service $37,218
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,449
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,441
Personal Care & Service $23,206
Sales & Related $27,942
Office & Administrative Support $31,755
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,104
Construction & Extraction $40,395
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,928
Production $32,195
Transportation & Material Moving $30,996