Living Wage Calculation for Delaware

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 $12.68 $26.04 $29.84 $36.61 $20.12 $24.23 $26.79 $30.07 $27.64 $10.06 $14.16 $16.26 $18.71
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 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25

*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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $7,107 $9,963 $12,818 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,107 $9,963 $12,818
Medical $2,390 $7,546 $7,202 $7,284 $5,680 $7,202 $7,284 $7,003 $5,680 $7,202 $7,284 $7,003
Housing $9,563 $13,456 $13,456 $17,780 $11,064 $13,456 $13,456 $17,780 $11,064 $13,456 $13,456 $17,780
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $22,393 $45,641 $52,268 $64,089 $35,353 $42,494 $46,956 $52,662 $35,353 $49,601 $56,919 $65,480
Annual taxes $3,989 $8,514 $9,806 $12,064 $6,507 $7,900 $8,770 $9,883 $6,507 $9,286 $10,713 $12,350
Required annual income before taxes $26,382 $54,155 $62,074 $76,152 $41,860 $50,393 $55,726 $62,544 $57,494 $41,860 $58,886 $67,632 $77,829

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $126,532
Business & Financial Operations $72,319
Computer & Mathematical $92,626
Architecture & Engineering $86,268
Life, Physical, & Social Science $75,467
Community & Social Service $44,317
Legal $86,875
Education, Training, & Library $53,318
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,980
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $71,599
Healthcare Support $31,438
Protective Service $37,085
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,778
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,405
Personal Care & Service $24,226
Sales & Related $26,006
Office & Administrative Support $36,663
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,189
Construction & Extraction $48,648
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,101
Production $31,458
Transportation & Material Moving $30,635