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 $11.75 $24.54 $30.44 $39.75 $19.14 $23.14 $25.95 $29.89 $26.46 $9.33 $13.55 $16.69 $20.40
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 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75

*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 $3,573 $5,267 $7,929 $10,517 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820
Child Care $0 $6,687 $12,569 $18,451 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,687 $12,569 $18,451
Medical $2,000 $6,318 $5,975 $6,057 $5,187 $5,975 $6,057 $5,776 $5,187 $5,975 $6,057 $5,776
Housing $7,128 $10,632 $10,632 $15,468 $8,016 $10,632 $10,632 $15,468 $7,128 $10,632 $10,632 $15,468
Transportation $4,206 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307
Other $2,976 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121
Required annual income after taxes $19,883 $41,518 $51,491 $67,175 $32,368 $39,147 $43,900 $50,493 $31,480 $45,834 $56,469 $68,944
Annual taxes $4,556 $9,525 $11,814 $15,512 $7,444 $8,981 $10,072 $11,683 $7,320 $10,516 $12,957 $15,918
Required annual income before taxes $24,439 $51,044 $63,306 $82,686 $39,812 $48,128 $53,972 $62,176 $55,039 $38,800 $56,350 $69,425 $84,862

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $88,860
Business & Financial Operations $67,844
Computer & Mathematical $77,606
Architecture & Engineering $75,024
Life, Physical, & Social Science $70,025
Community & Social Service $48,607
Legal $70,035
Education, Training, & Library $52,259
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,390
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $77,678
Healthcare Support $36,489
Protective Service $52,907
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,021
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,631
Personal Care & Service $26,397
Sales & Related $28,321
Office & Administrative Support $36,828
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,142
Construction & Extraction $43,597
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,834
Production $31,571
Transportation & Material Moving $31,942