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 $10.28 $22.17 $27.50 $34.02 $17.01 $21.37 $23.92 $26.34 $12.64 $8.20 $12.64 $15.09 $17.48
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 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50

*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 $3,464 $5,244 $7,806 $10,314 $6,351 $8,037 $10,321 $12,541 $6,351 $8,037 $10,321 $12,541
Child Care $0 $6,734 $10,776 $14,818 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,734 $10,776 $14,818
Medical $2,164 $6,450 $6,163 $6,324 $5,111 $6,163 $6,324 $6,182 $5,111 $6,163 $6,324 $6,182
Housing $6,276 $9,324 $9,324 $11,844 $7,392 $9,324 $9,324 $11,844 $6,276 $9,324 $9,324 $11,844
Transportation $3,568 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $9,687 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $9,687
Other $2,355 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $5,246 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $5,246
Required annual income after taxes $17,827 $38,368 $47,545 $58,715 $29,470 $36,999 $41,384 $45,500 $28,354 $43,733 $52,160 $60,318
Annual taxes $3,547 $7,740 $9,657 $12,048 $5,901 $7,454 $8,370 $9,288 $5,748 $8,861 $10,621 $12,383
Required annual income before taxes $21,375 $46,108 $57,202 $70,763 $35,371 $44,453 $49,754 $54,788 $52,594 $34,102 $52,594 $62,781 $72,701

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $78,250
Business & Financial Operations $51,910
Computer & Mathematical $58,020
Architecture & Engineering $65,830
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,240
Community & Social Service $40,320
Legal $49,130
Education, Training, & Library $39,480
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $34,710
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,620
Healthcare Support $27,100
Protective Service $36,880
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,280
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,640
Personal Care & Service $21,870
Sales & Related $27,150
Office & Administrative Support $30,160
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,340
Construction & Extraction $38,080
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,580
Production $29,940
Transportation & Material Moving $30,360