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 $13.11 $27.82 $32.96 $41.37 $20.45 $25.09 $27.69 $31.46 $29.34 $9.64 $15.09 $17.84 $21.18
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 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60 $8.60

*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 $3,477 $5,124 $7,715 $10,233 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474
Child Care $0 $8,863 $13,918 $18,973 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,863 $13,918 $18,973
Medical $2,737 $7,949 $7,605 $7,688 $5,795 $7,605 $7,688 $7,407 $5,795 $7,605 $7,688 $7,407
Housing $10,716 $15,948 $15,948 $20,796 $12,864 $15,948 $15,948 $20,796 $10,716 $15,948 $15,948 $20,796
Transportation $3,893 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $23,608 $49,611 $58,558 $73,194 $36,759 $44,858 $49,385 $55,946 $34,611 $53,721 $63,303 $74,919
Annual taxes $3,662 $8,250 $9,992 $12,851 $5,777 $7,324 $8,206 $9,492 $5,478 $9,050 $10,916 $13,200
Required annual income before taxes $27,271 $57,861 $68,550 $86,046 $42,537 $52,182 $57,591 $65,438 $61,032 $40,089 $62,772 $74,220 $88,119

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $132,756
Business & Financial Operations $78,347
Computer & Mathematical $96,205
Architecture & Engineering $87,688
Life, Physical, & Social Science $90,321
Community & Social Service $56,919
Legal $94,261
Education, Training, & Library $60,663
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $61,713
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $79,170
Healthcare Support $29,185
Protective Service $46,560
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,982
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,069
Personal Care & Service $26,891
Sales & Related $29,668
Office & Administrative Support $43,031
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $36,941
Construction & Extraction $60,098
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $52,002
Production $37,137
Transportation & Material Moving $36,879