Living Wage Calculation for Trenton, NJ

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 $12.30 $25.93 $30.79 $38.21 $19.54 $24.45 $26.97 $30.76 $14.50 $9.04 $14.50 $16.72 $19.56
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 $8.38 $8.38 $8.38 $8.38 $8.38 $8.38 $8.38 $8.38 $8.38 $8.38 $8.38 $8.38

*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 $3,464 $5,244 $7,806 $10,314 $6,351 $8,037 $10,321 $12,541 $6,351 $8,037 $10,321 $12,541
Child Care $0 $7,942 $11,274 $14,605 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,942 $11,274 $14,605
Medical $2,460 $6,713 $6,427 $6,587 $5,228 $6,427 $6,587 $6,445 $5,228 $6,427 $6,587 $6,445
Housing $10,356 $15,936 $15,936 $20,952 $13,044 $15,936 $15,936 $20,952 $10,356 $15,936 $15,936 $20,952
Transportation $3,568 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $9,687 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $9,687
Other $2,355 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $5,246 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $5,246
Required annual income after taxes $22,203 $46,452 $54,918 $67,873 $35,239 $43,875 $48,259 $54,872 $32,551 $51,817 $59,533 $69,477
Annual taxes $3,391 $7,486 $9,117 $11,603 $5,410 $6,990 $7,835 $9,099 $5,041 $8,520 $10,007 $11,912
Required annual income before taxes $25,594 $53,938 $64,036 $79,477 $40,649 $50,865 $56,094 $63,971 $60,337 $37,592 $60,337 $69,540 $81,389

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $122,010
Business & Financial Operations $75,110
Computer & Mathematical $93,360
Architecture & Engineering $84,800
Life, Physical, & Social Science $82,060
Community & Social Service $54,510
Legal $88,910
Education, Training, & Library $58,710
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $55,840
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $71,900
Healthcare Support $28,650
Protective Service $53,960
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,900
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,110
Personal Care & Service $24,380
Sales & Related $26,820
Office & Administrative Support $41,470
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,120
Construction & Extraction $56,300
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,090
Production $37,030
Transportation & Material Moving $30,410