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 $13.25 $27.94 $32.61 $41.59 $20.62 $24.79 $27.81 $31.57 $19.35 $9.78 $14.93 $17.88 $21.21
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 $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 $3,467 $5,103 $7,680 $10,192 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428
Child Care $0 $8,808 $13,832 $18,856 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,808 $13,832 $18,856
Medical $2,764 $7,807 $7,527 $7,584 $5,661 $7,527 $7,584 $7,254 $5,661 $7,527 $7,584 $7,254
Housing $11,364 $16,368 $16,368 $21,516 $13,308 $16,368 $16,368 $21,516 $11,364 $16,368 $16,368 $21,516
Transportation $3,609 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $23,860 $49,837 $57,970 $73,604 $37,077 $44,364 $49,611 $56,179 $35,133 $53,172 $63,443 $75,035
Annual taxes $3,691 $8,276 $9,866 $12,909 $5,817 $7,201 $8,226 $9,494 $5,546 $8,926 $10,935 $13,197
Required annual income before taxes $27,552 $58,113 $67,836 $86,513 $42,894 $51,565 $57,837 $65,672 $60,371 $40,679 $62,097 $74,378 $88,231

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $128,740
Business & Financial Operations $77,941
Computer & Mathematical $95,376
Architecture & Engineering $89,062
Life, Physical, & Social Science $90,169
Community & Social Service $55,883
Legal $91,871
Education, Training, & Library $60,557
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $60,229
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $74,354
Healthcare Support $29,879
Protective Service $46,494
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,874
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,813
Personal Care & Service $26,660
Sales & Related $28,054
Office & Administrative Support $42,609
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,012
Construction & Extraction $57,995
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,629
Production $37,454
Transportation & Material Moving $31,560