Living Wage Calculation for Salem, OR

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 $11.11 $23.87 $29.24 $38.75 $18.60 $21.98 $25.23 $28.77 $16.86 $9.08 $12.96 $16.31 $19.81
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
Minimum Wage $10.25 $10.25 $10.25 $10.25 $10.25 $10.25 $10.25 $10.25 $10.25 $10.25 $10.25 $10.25

*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 $3,564 $5,245 $7,893 $10,476 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773
Child Care $0 $6,646 $12,492 $18,338 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,646 $12,492 $18,338
Medical $2,030 $6,183 $5,902 $5,959 $5,055 $5,902 $5,959 $5,629 $5,055 $5,902 $5,959 $5,629
Housing $6,552 $9,768 $9,768 $14,220 $7,344 $9,768 $9,768 $14,220 $6,552 $9,768 $9,768 $14,220
Transportation $3,860 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013
Other $2,803 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932
Required annual income after taxes $18,808 $40,350 $49,427 $65,439 $31,441 $37,166 $42,661 $48,567 $30,649 $43,812 $55,153 $66,905
Annual taxes $4,305 $9,291 $11,385 $15,171 $7,247 $8,549 $9,815 $11,265 $7,137 $10,086 $12,704 $15,506
Required annual income before taxes $23,114 $49,640 $60,812 $80,610 $38,688 $45,715 $52,476 $59,832 $52,595 $37,786 $53,898 $67,857 $82,411

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $84,532
Business & Financial Operations $63,550
Computer & Mathematical $72,580
Architecture & Engineering $70,817
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,625
Community & Social Service $46,689
Legal $67,035
Education, Training, & Library $51,148
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,671
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $77,962
Healthcare Support $34,553
Protective Service $52,162
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,073
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,081
Personal Care & Service $25,605
Sales & Related $28,669
Office & Administrative Support $35,578
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,795
Construction & Extraction $42,845
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,383
Production $29,817
Transportation & Material Moving $29,469