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 $11.57 $23.87 $29.21 $36.79 $18.37 $23.08 $25.63 $29.11 $13.50 $8.84 $13.50 $15.95 $18.86
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 $8,639 $12,446 $12,446 $16,903 $9,894 $12,446 $12,446 $16,903 $8,639 $12,446 $12,446 $16,903
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 $20,191 $41,490 $50,667 $63,773 $31,972 $40,121 $44,506 $50,559 $30,717 $46,855 $55,282 $65,377
Annual taxes $3,872 $8,169 $10,086 $12,743 $6,245 $7,883 $8,799 $9,983 $6,072 $9,290 $11,050 $13,078
Required annual income before taxes $24,063 $49,659 $60,753 $76,516 $38,217 $48,004 $53,305 $60,542 $56,145 $36,790 $56,145 $66,332 $78,455

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,200
Business & Financial Operations $58,870
Computer & Mathematical $71,000
Architecture & Engineering $71,830
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,290
Community & Social Service $41,770
Legal $66,800
Education, Training, & Library $48,280
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,090
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,450
Healthcare Support $28,740
Protective Service $33,520
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,610
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,940
Personal Care & Service $21,490
Sales & Related $26,530
Office & Administrative Support $34,360
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,190
Construction & Extraction $38,790
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,200
Production $32,980
Transportation & Material Moving $31,120