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 $11.64 $23.91 $27.33 $34.59 $18.61 $21.73 $24.72 $27.73 $16.67 $9.27 $12.82 $15.22 $17.62
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 $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 $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $6,804 $9,915 $13,026 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,804 $9,915 $13,026
Medical $2,195 $6,831 $6,550 $6,607 $5,501 $6,550 $6,607 $6,277 $5,501 $6,550 $6,607 $6,277
Housing $8,180 $10,489 $10,489 $14,651 $8,299 $10,489 $10,489 $14,651 $8,180 $10,489 $10,489 $14,651
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
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 $20,252 $41,566 $47,493 $60,152 $32,322 $37,771 $42,973 $48,239 $32,203 $44,575 $52,888 $61,265
Annual taxes $3,960 $8,176 $9,348 $11,804 $6,378 $7,422 $8,450 $9,442 $6,362 $8,770 $10,414 $12,023
Required annual income before taxes $24,212 $49,742 $56,841 $71,956 $38,701 $45,193 $51,423 $57,681 $52,011 $38,564 $53,345 $63,302 $73,288

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,923
Business & Financial Operations $61,633
Computer & Mathematical $60,414
Architecture & Engineering $74,466
Life, Physical, & Social Science $55,114
Community & Social Service $44,977
Legal $57,328
Education, Training, & Library $41,871
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,709
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,431
Healthcare Support $24,733
Protective Service $34,789
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,332
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,852
Personal Care & Service $22,550
Sales & Related $26,537
Office & Administrative Support $32,001
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $18,932
Construction & Extraction $39,442
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,486
Production $36,685
Transportation & Material Moving $25,902