Living Wage Calculation for Rocky Mount, 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 $10.59 $21.44 $26.65 $33.05 $16.84 $21.13 $23.60 $25.98 $12.30 $8.41 $12.30 $14.62 $16.89
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 $6,432 $8,052 $8,052 $10,896 $6,480 $8,052 $8,052 $10,896 $6,432 $8,052 $8,052 $10,896
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 $18,401 $37,252 $46,322 $57,435 $29,244 $36,713 $41,017 $45,135 $29,196 $42,748 $50,825 $58,715
Annual taxes $3,625 $7,344 $9,112 $11,300 $5,779 $7,239 $8,078 $8,903 $5,772 $8,415 $9,990 $11,550
Required annual income before taxes $22,027 $44,596 $55,434 $68,736 $35,023 $43,952 $49,095 $54,038 $51,163 $34,968 $51,163 $60,815 $70,265

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $91,470
Business & Financial Operations $56,590
Computer & Mathematical $60,560
Architecture & Engineering $62,140
Life, Physical, & Social Science $45,560
Community & Social Service $41,890
Legal $56,570
Education, Training, & Library $37,930
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,370
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,980
Healthcare Support $22,140
Protective Service $33,340
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,360
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $19,330
Personal Care & Service $18,450
Sales & Related $21,610
Office & Administrative Support $29,590
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $22,030
Construction & Extraction $32,990
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,810
Production $28,610
Transportation & Material Moving $26,950