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 $11.33 $23.74 $28.40 $35.19 $18.32 $21.98 $24.63 $27.28 $25.48 $8.96 $13.07 $15.59 $18.10
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 $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 $3,477 $5,124 $7,715 $10,233 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474
Child Care $0 $7,114 $11,168 $15,223 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,114 $11,168 $15,223
Medical $2,338 $6,832 $6,488 $6,570 $5,595 $6,488 $6,570 $6,290 $5,595 $6,488 $6,570 $6,290
Housing $7,296 $10,164 $10,164 $12,924 $8,016 $10,164 $10,164 $12,924 $7,296 $10,164 $10,164 $12,924
Transportation $3,893 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540
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 $19,789 $40,961 $48,907 $60,455 $31,712 $37,957 $42,484 $46,957 $30,992 $45,071 $53,652 $62,180
Annual taxes $3,778 $8,418 $10,159 $12,750 $6,386 $7,761 $8,752 $9,794 $6,285 $9,319 $11,198 $13,128
Required annual income before taxes $23,567 $49,379 $59,065 $73,205 $38,098 $45,718 $51,236 $56,751 $52,994 $37,277 $54,390 $64,850 $75,308

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $85,023
Business & Financial Operations $58,575
Computer & Mathematical $68,440
Architecture & Engineering $69,932
Life, Physical, & Social Science $52,958
Community & Social Service $42,589
Legal $55,314
Education, Training, & Library $43,103
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,491
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,447
Healthcare Support $29,596
Protective Service $36,056
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,801
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,592
Personal Care & Service $23,815
Sales & Related $26,489
Office & Administrative Support $32,806
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,376
Construction & Extraction $39,678
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,813
Production $35,120
Transportation & Material Moving $31,777