Living Wage Calculation for Portland-South Portland, 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 $12.15 $25.10 $29.25 $37.41 $19.45 $22.92 $25.97 $29.43 $17.58 $9.42 $13.52 $16.22 $19.12
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 $9,054 $12,870 $12,870 $17,449 $10,188 $12,870 $12,870 $17,449 $9,054 $12,870 $12,870 $17,449
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 $21,152 $43,489 $50,627 $64,698 $33,758 $39,753 $45,001 $50,999 $32,624 $46,823 $56,100 $66,128
Annual taxes $4,119 $8,710 $10,223 $13,122 $6,706 $7,913 $9,024 $10,210 $6,548 $9,414 $11,381 $13,423
Required annual income before taxes $25,272 $52,199 $60,849 $77,820 $40,464 $47,666 $54,025 $61,209 $54,851 $39,172 $56,237 $67,481 $79,551

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $92,209
Business & Financial Operations $61,890
Computer & Mathematical $75,368
Architecture & Engineering $72,765
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,695
Community & Social Service $43,286
Legal $64,770
Education, Training, & Library $51,148
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,319
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $65,692
Healthcare Support $30,309
Protective Service $34,768
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,638
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,659
Personal Care & Service $23,647
Sales & Related $28,864
Office & Administrative Support $36,152
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,757
Construction & Extraction $39,791
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,356
Production $34,584
Transportation & Material Moving $32,452