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 $11.58 $26.69 $30.25 $37.02 $18.47 $21.78 $24.65 $27.35 $18.24 $8.93 $14.26 $16.62 $18.90
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 $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 $3,467 $5,103 $7,680 $10,192 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428
Child Care $0 $12,296 $15,684 $19,071 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,296 $15,684 $19,071
Medical $2,688 $7,056 $6,775 $6,833 $5,761 $6,775 $6,833 $6,503 $5,761 $6,775 $6,833 $6,503
Housing $8,726 $12,509 $12,509 $16,020 $9,838 $12,509 $12,509 $16,020 $8,726 $12,509 $12,509 $16,020
Transportation $3,609 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361
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 $21,145 $48,715 $55,212 $67,572 $33,707 $39,753 $45,001 $49,932 $32,594 $52,049 $60,685 $69,003
Annual taxes $2,950 $6,796 $7,702 $9,426 $4,702 $5,546 $6,278 $6,965 $4,547 $7,261 $8,466 $9,626
Required annual income before taxes $24,095 $55,511 $62,914 $76,999 $38,409 $45,299 $51,279 $56,897 $56,900 $37,141 $59,310 $69,151 $78,629

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $99,128
Business & Financial Operations $71,186
Computer & Mathematical $84,757
Architecture & Engineering $73,452
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,512
Community & Social Service $42,599
Legal $71,135
Education, Training, & Library $60,526
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $46,863
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $72,550
Healthcare Support $32,113
Protective Service $48,913
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,749
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,371
Personal Care & Service $28,526
Sales & Related $27,562
Office & Administrative Support $38,407
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,683
Construction & Extraction $52,921
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,964
Production $38,171
Transportation & Material Moving $34,379