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 $11.73 $24.70 $28.11 $35.07 $19.72 $22.51 $25.50 $28.21 $17.19 $9.31 $13.21 $15.61 $17.86
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 $7.25 $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 $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $6,804 $9,915 $13,026 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,804 $9,915 $13,026
Medical $2,195 $6,831 $6,550 $6,607 $5,501 $6,550 $6,607 $6,277 $5,501 $6,550 $6,607 $6,277
Housing $8,340 $11,916 $11,916 $15,528 $10,332 $11,916 $11,916 $15,528 $8,340 $11,916 $11,916 $15,528
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
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 $20,412 $42,993 $48,919 $61,028 $34,355 $39,198 $44,400 $49,116 $32,363 $46,002 $54,315 $62,142
Annual taxes $3,982 $8,376 $9,547 $11,926 $6,662 $7,621 $8,649 $9,564 $6,384 $8,969 $10,613 $12,145
Required annual income before taxes $24,395 $51,368 $58,467 $72,955 $41,017 $46,819 $53,049 $58,680 $53,637 $38,747 $54,971 $64,928 $74,287

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $111,530
Business & Financial Operations $65,979
Computer & Mathematical $88,570
Architecture & Engineering $76,434
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,537
Community & Social Service $43,819
Legal $75,266
Education, Training, & Library $44,014
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,385
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,392
Healthcare Support $26,476
Protective Service $32,206
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,588
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,657
Personal Care & Service $22,038
Sales & Related $29,438
Office & Administrative Support $34,491
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,781
Construction & Extraction $38,356
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,296
Production $30,996
Transportation & Material Moving $27,901