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 $10.66 $21.53 $26.75 $33.39 $16.96 $21.23 $23.70 $26.33 $12.35 $8.44 $12.35 $14.67 $17.07
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 $2,983 $4,516 $6,722 $8,882 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799
Child Care $0 $6,035 $9,808 $13,580 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,035 $9,808 $13,580
Medical $2,128 $6,283 $5,996 $6,157 $4,928 $5,996 $6,157 $6,015 $4,928 $5,996 $6,157 $6,015
Housing $6,554 $8,225 $8,225 $11,534 $6,701 $8,225 $8,225 $11,534 $6,554 $8,225 $8,225 $11,534
Transportation $4,401 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951
Other $2,458 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474
Required annual income after taxes $18,524 $37,425 $46,495 $58,073 $29,465 $36,886 $41,190 $45,773 $29,318 $42,921 $50,998 $59,353
Annual taxes $3,642 $7,368 $9,136 $11,388 $5,809 $7,263 $8,102 $8,991 $5,789 $8,439 $10,013 $11,637
Required annual income before taxes $22,166 $44,793 $55,631 $69,461 $35,274 $44,149 $49,292 $54,764 $51,360 $35,107 $51,360 $61,012 $70,990

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,320
Business & Financial Operations $61,240
Computer & Mathematical $71,770
Architecture & Engineering $70,300
Life, Physical, & Social Science $50,750
Community & Social Service $41,680
Legal $55,270
Education, Training, & Library $41,760
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,660
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,040
Healthcare Support $23,730
Protective Service $33,280
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,380
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,200
Personal Care & Service $20,510
Sales & Related $23,320
Office & Administrative Support $31,740
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,960
Construction & Extraction $34,540
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,440
Production $29,690
Transportation & Material Moving $26,830