Living Wage Calculation for Niles-Benton Harbor, 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 $9.68 $21.22 $26.61 $32.96 $16.16 $20.54 $23.01 $25.12 $12.17 $7.78 $12.17 $14.60 $16.85
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 $5,208 $8,436 $8,436 $10,824 $6,300 $8,436 $8,436 $10,824 $5,208 $8,436 $8,436 $10,824
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 $17,023 $37,366 $46,862 $58,020 $28,447 $36,171 $40,529 $44,208 $27,355 $42,851 $51,423 $59,317
Annual taxes $3,106 $6,773 $8,481 $10,527 $5,168 $6,558 $7,342 $8,042 $5,017 $7,760 $9,302 $10,760
Required annual income before taxes $20,129 $44,138 $55,343 $68,547 $33,615 $42,729 $47,871 $52,250 $50,610 $32,373 $50,610 $60,725 $70,077

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $83,570
Business & Financial Operations $64,360
Computer & Mathematical $66,290
Architecture & Engineering $84,310
Life, Physical, & Social Science $64,740
Community & Social Service $45,120
Legal $48,680
Education, Training, & Library $47,080
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,090
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,230
Healthcare Support $29,640
Protective Service $30,020
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,390
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,560
Personal Care & Service $22,570
Sales & Related $24,040
Office & Administrative Support $30,610
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,410
Construction & Extraction $43,480
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,270
Production $30,210
Transportation & Material Moving $27,260