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 $12.35 $25.08 $29.05 $35.60 $20.06 $23.41 $25.98 $28.85 $26.71 $9.53 $13.68 $15.86 $18.20
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 $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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107
Medical $2,165 $6,969 $6,625 $6,707 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426
Housing $8,892 $12,312 $12,312 $15,924 $10,716 $12,312 $12,312 $15,924 $8,892 $12,312 $12,312 $15,924
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $21,498 $43,659 $50,561 $61,944 $34,959 $40,773 $45,235 $50,228 $33,135 $47,619 $55,211 $63,335
Annual taxes $4,186 $8,497 $9,860 $12,101 $6,773 $7,927 $8,808 $9,787 $6,519 $9,279 $10,779 $12,375
Required annual income before taxes $25,684 $52,156 $60,421 $74,045 $41,732 $48,700 $54,044 $60,015 $55,556 $39,654 $56,898 $65,990 $75,711

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $116,245
Business & Financial Operations $68,235
Computer & Mathematical $90,990
Architecture & Engineering $79,674
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,297
Community & Social Service $44,317
Legal $79,427
Education, Training, & Library $45,932
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,780
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,048
Healthcare Support $27,210
Protective Service $35,151
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,060
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,047
Personal Care & Service $22,724
Sales & Related $29,874
Office & Administrative Support $35,347
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,898
Construction & Extraction $39,914
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,047
Production $32,034
Transportation & Material Moving $29,483