Living Wage Calculation for Wilmington, NC

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 $12.24 $24.59 $28.56 $35.57 $19.18 $22.93 $25.50 $28.83 $26.22 $9.48 $13.43 $15.62 $18.19
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 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

*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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107
Medical $2,165 $6,969 $6,625 $6,707 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426
Housing $8,687 $11,425 $11,425 $15,879 $9,105 $11,425 $11,425 $15,879 $8,687 $11,425 $11,425 $15,879
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $21,293 $42,772 $49,674 $61,899 $33,348 $39,886 $44,348 $50,183 $32,930 $46,732 $54,324 $63,290
Annual taxes $4,158 $8,373 $9,736 $12,094 $6,548 $7,803 $8,685 $9,781 $6,490 $9,155 $10,655 $12,369
Required annual income before taxes $25,450 $51,146 $59,410 $73,994 $39,897 $47,689 $53,033 $59,964 $54,545 $39,420 $55,887 $64,979 $75,660

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $102,337
Business & Financial Operations $62,474
Computer & Mathematical $64,696
Architecture & Engineering $75,693
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,271
Community & Social Service $45,047
Legal $51,107
Education, Training, & Library $42,496
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,616
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,264
Healthcare Support $25,142
Protective Service $38,351
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,587
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,411
Personal Care & Service $23,352
Sales & Related $26,736
Office & Administrative Support $33,351
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $22,848
Construction & Extraction $37,918
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,177
Production $36,087
Transportation & Material Moving $27,683