Living Wage Calculation for Raleigh, NC

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 $11.30 $23.25 $28.46 $35.15 $18.66 $22.94 $25.41 $28.08 $13.20 $8.76 $13.20 $15.52 $17.94
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 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

*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 $2,983 $4,516 $6,722 $8,882 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799
Child Care $0 $6,035 $9,808 $13,580 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,035 $9,808 $13,580
Medical $2,128 $6,283 $5,996 $6,157 $4,928 $5,996 $6,157 $6,015 $4,928 $5,996 $6,157 $6,015
Housing $7,728 $11,364 $11,364 $14,736 $9,816 $11,364 $11,364 $14,736 $7,728 $11,364 $11,364 $14,736
Transportation $4,401 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951
Other $2,458 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474
Required annual income after taxes $19,697 $40,564 $49,634 $61,275 $32,580 $40,025 $44,329 $48,975 $30,492 $46,060 $54,137 $62,555
Annual taxes $3,803 $7,799 $9,567 $11,828 $6,237 $7,694 $8,533 $9,431 $5,951 $8,870 $10,445 $12,077
Required annual income before taxes $23,501 $48,363 $59,201 $73,103 $38,817 $47,719 $52,862 $58,405 $54,930 $36,442 $54,930 $64,582 $74,632

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $106,590
Business & Financial Operations $62,420
Computer & Mathematical $82,670
Architecture & Engineering $70,950
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,730
Community & Social Service $42,100
Legal $70,670
Education, Training, & Library $43,790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,740
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,680
Healthcare Support $24,750
Protective Service $31,080
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,900
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,260
Personal Care & Service $20,950
Sales & Related $26,900
Office & Administrative Support $32,860
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,580
Construction & Extraction $36,070
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,800
Production $28,230
Transportation & Material Moving $26,840