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 $10.96 $22.94 $26.35 $33.20 $17.98 $20.76 $23.75 $26.34 $16.02 $8.93 $12.34 $14.73 $16.92
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 $6.00
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 $6,944 $8,714 $8,714 $12,107 $7,149 $8,714 $8,714 $12,107 $6,944 $8,714 $8,714 $12,107
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 $19,017 $39,791 $45,718 $57,608 $31,172 $35,997 $41,198 $45,695 $30,967 $42,801 $51,113 $58,721
Annual taxes $3,788 $7,929 $9,100 $11,449 $6,218 $7,174 $8,202 $9,087 $6,189 $8,522 $10,167 $11,668
Required annual income before taxes $22,804 $47,720 $54,818 $69,057 $37,389 $43,171 $49,401 $54,782 $49,989 $37,157 $51,323 $61,280 $70,389

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $109,511
Business & Financial Operations $63,929
Computer & Mathematical $75,133
Architecture & Engineering $71,863
Life, Physical, & Social Science $51,660
Community & Social Service $43,296
Legal $0
Education, Training, & Library $43,399
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,274
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,737
Healthcare Support $25,492
Protective Service $34,686
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,321
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,310
Personal Care & Service $21,505
Sales & Related $23,821
Office & Administrative Support $33,333
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,092
Construction & Extraction $35,967
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,502
Production $31,478
Transportation & Material Moving $27,798