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 $12.70 $25.73 $30.38 $38.14 $19.90 $23.97 $26.62 $30.23 $27.46 $9.65 $14.07 $16.58 $19.58
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 $9,800 $13,788 $13,788 $18,307 $10,902 $13,788 $13,788 $18,307 $9,800 $13,788 $13,788 $18,307
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 $22,293 $44,585 $52,531 $65,838 $34,598 $41,581 $46,108 $52,339 $33,496 $48,695 $57,276 $67,562
Annual taxes $4,127 $8,924 $10,664 $13,501 $6,788 $8,266 $9,258 $10,545 $6,635 $9,824 $11,703 $13,879
Required annual income before taxes $26,421 $53,509 $63,195 $79,339 $41,386 $49,847 $55,366 $62,884 $57,123 $40,130 $58,519 $68,979 $81,441

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,743
Business & Financial Operations $64,542
Computer & Mathematical $77,997
Architecture & Engineering $74,993
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,591
Community & Social Service $43,175
Legal $64,768
Education, Training, & Library $51,405
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,457
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,360
Healthcare Support $31,304
Protective Service $36,540
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,866
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,814
Personal Care & Service $24,998
Sales & Related $30,038
Office & Administrative Support $36,962
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,855
Construction & Extraction $40,110
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,778
Production $37,075
Transportation & Material Moving $33,207