Living Wage Calculation for Winston-Salem, 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 $11.23 $23.09 $27.06 $33.41 $18.08 $21.43 $24.00 $26.66 $24.73 $8.97 $12.69 $14.87 $17.10
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 $6,855 $8,691 $8,691 $11,925 $7,098 $8,691 $8,691 $11,925 $6,855 $8,691 $8,691 $11,925
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 $19,461 $40,039 $46,940 $57,946 $31,341 $37,152 $41,615 $46,230 $31,098 $43,998 $51,591 $59,337
Annual taxes $3,902 $7,992 $9,355 $11,543 $6,268 $7,422 $8,303 $9,229 $6,235 $8,774 $10,274 $11,818
Required annual income before taxes $23,363 $48,031 $56,295 $69,488 $37,610 $44,574 $49,918 $55,459 $51,430 $37,333 $52,772 $61,864 $71,154

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $113,488
Business & Financial Operations $66,393
Computer & Mathematical $75,888
Architecture & Engineering $72,504
Life, Physical, & Social Science $52,938
Community & Social Service $45,922
Legal $47,671
Education, Training, & Library $45,552
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,401
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,643
Healthcare Support $27,786
Protective Service $35,460
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,504
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,498
Personal Care & Service $21,593
Sales & Related $24,504
Office & Administrative Support $34,380
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,308
Construction & Extraction $36,725
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,056
Production $31,972
Transportation & Material Moving $28,485