Living Wage Calculation for Worcester, MA

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 $12.51 $27.47 $31.47 $38.02 $19.07 $22.94 $25.42 $28.45 $28.55 $9.32 $14.86 $17.03 $19.48
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 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00

*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 $3,477 $5,124 $7,715 $10,233 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474
Child Care $0 $12,373 $15,781 $19,189 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,373 $15,781 $19,189
Medical $2,660 $7,195 $6,851 $6,934 $5,895 $6,851 $6,934 $6,653 $5,895 $6,851 $6,934 $6,653
Housing $10,019 $13,724 $13,724 $17,535 $10,813 $13,724 $13,724 $17,535 $10,019 $13,724 $13,724 $17,535
Transportation $3,893 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $22,834 $50,143 $57,442 $69,396 $34,809 $41,880 $46,407 $51,931 $34,014 $54,253 $62,188 $71,120
Annual taxes $3,185 $6,995 $8,013 $9,681 $4,856 $5,842 $6,474 $7,244 $4,745 $7,568 $8,675 $9,921
Required annual income before taxes $26,019 $57,137 $65,456 $79,077 $39,664 $47,722 $52,880 $59,176 $59,394 $38,759 $61,821 $70,863 $81,042

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $101,462
Business & Financial Operations $69,870
Computer & Mathematical $85,466
Architecture & Engineering $76,104
Life, Physical, & Social Science $71,763
Community & Social Service $39,698
Legal $73,183
Education, Training, & Library $63,256
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,391
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $74,150
Healthcare Support $33,474
Protective Service $55,026
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,337
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,584
Personal Care & Service $29,318
Sales & Related $29,380
Office & Administrative Support $38,999
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $37,620
Construction & Extraction $54,995
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,520
Production $38,957
Transportation & Material Moving $34,483