Living Wage Calculation for Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

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 $13.39 $27.87 $32.16 $42.12 $20.98 $25.03 $28.04 $33.15 $19.30 $10.01 $14.88 $17.65 $21.46
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 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50

*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 $8,659 $13,253 $17,848 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,659 $13,253 $17,848
Medical $1,984 $7,032 $6,751 $6,808 $5,264 $6,751 $6,808 $6,478 $5,264 $6,751 $6,808 $6,478
Housing $12,226 $17,434 $17,434 $25,306 $13,997 $17,434 $17,434 $25,306 $12,226 $17,434 $17,434 $25,306
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 $24,437 $50,877 $58,702 $76,884 $38,303 $45,681 $51,175 $60,502 $36,532 $54,340 $64,428 $78,350
Annual taxes $3,409 $7,097 $8,189 $10,725 $5,343 $6,372 $7,139 $8,440 $5,096 $7,580 $8,988 $10,930
Required annual income before taxes $27,846 $57,975 $66,891 $87,610 $43,646 $52,053 $58,314 $68,942 $60,222 $41,628 $61,920 $73,416 $89,280

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $124,558
Business & Financial Operations $77,131
Computer & Mathematical $112,535
Architecture & Engineering $95,797
Life, Physical, & Social Science $69,290
Community & Social Service $48,226
Legal $92,527
Education, Training, & Library $53,249
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $56,888
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $81,928
Healthcare Support $36,746
Protective Service $50,574
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,045
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,365
Personal Care & Service $28,833
Sales & Related $35,076
Office & Administrative Support $41,308
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,381
Construction & Extraction $59,296
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $53,495
Production $42,046
Transportation & Material Moving $37,812