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 $15.05 $29.75 $34.53 $44.83 $22.54 $27.34 $29.95 $35.96 $31.30 $10.77 $16.06 $18.63 $22.90
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 $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 $3,573 $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 $8,712 $13,336 $17,959 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,712 $13,336 $17,959
Medical $1,955 $7,170 $6,827 $6,909 $5,397 $6,827 $6,909 $6,628 $5,397 $6,827 $6,909 $6,628
Housing $14,754 $20,546 $20,546 $29,769 $16,588 $20,546 $20,546 $29,769 $14,754 $20,546 $20,546 $29,769
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 $27,464 $54,309 $63,024 $81,835 $41,150 $49,912 $54,665 $65,646 $39,316 $58,624 $68,001 $83,605
Annual taxes $3,831 $7,576 $8,792 $11,416 $5,740 $6,963 $7,626 $9,158 $5,485 $8,178 $9,486 $11,663
Required annual income before taxes $31,295 $61,885 $71,816 $93,251 $46,891 $56,875 $62,291 $74,803 $65,095 $44,800 $66,802 $77,487 $95,267

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $127,910
Business & Financial Operations $78,686
Computer & Mathematical $115,679
Architecture & Engineering $99,405
Life, Physical, & Social Science $72,062
Community & Social Service $49,636
Legal $94,426
Education, Training, & Library $55,417
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $57,423
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $81,680
Healthcare Support $37,476
Protective Service $51,374
Food Preparation & Serving Related $28,763
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $32,826
Personal Care & Service $29,864
Sales & Related $37,528
Office & Administrative Support $42,568
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,666
Construction & Extraction $59,665
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $55,242
Production $43,597
Transportation & Material Moving $38,104