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 $10.88 $24.32 $29.03 $35.25 $17.36 $21.68 $24.08 $26.74 $13.63 $8.25 $13.63 $15.78 $18.06
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 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00

*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 $3,464 $5,244 $7,806 $10,314 $6,351 $8,037 $10,321 $12,541 $6,351 $8,037 $10,321 $12,541
Child Care $0 $10,195 $13,676 $17,156 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,195 $13,676 $17,156
Medical $2,481 $6,277 $5,990 $6,151 $5,179 $5,990 $6,151 $6,009 $5,179 $5,990 $6,151 $6,009
Housing $8,033 $12,143 $12,143 $15,425 $9,601 $12,143 $12,143 $15,425 $8,033 $12,143 $12,143 $15,425
Transportation $3,568 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $9,687 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $9,687
Other $2,355 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $5,246 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $5,246
Required annual income after taxes $19,901 $44,474 $53,090 $64,460 $31,747 $39,645 $44,029 $48,908 $30,180 $49,840 $57,705 $66,064
Annual taxes $2,735 $6,111 $7,295 $8,857 $4,362 $5,447 $6,050 $6,720 $4,147 $6,848 $7,929 $9,078
Required annual income before taxes $22,636 $50,586 $60,385 $73,317 $36,109 $45,092 $50,079 $55,628 $56,688 $34,326 $56,688 $65,634 $75,141

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $92,660
Business & Financial Operations $66,410
Computer & Mathematical $81,160
Architecture & Engineering $70,810
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,970
Community & Social Service $42,750
Legal $70,540
Education, Training, & Library $57,930
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,710
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $75,030
Healthcare Support $30,970
Protective Service $46,590
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,860
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,070
Personal Care & Service $26,290
Sales & Related $24,900
Office & Administrative Support $36,730
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,840
Construction & Extraction $49,940
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,060
Production $35,300
Transportation & Material Moving $33,030