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 $12.01 $24.53 $29.62 $36.53 $19.04 $23.94 $26.41 $29.46 $13.84 $9.52 $13.84 $16.10 $18.64
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 $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 $2,983 $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 $6,525 $10,093 $13,661 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,525 $10,093 $13,661
Medical $2,116 $6,267 $5,981 $6,141 $4,702 $5,981 $6,141 $5,999 $4,702 $5,981 $6,141 $5,999
Housing $9,296 $13,422 $13,422 $17,461 $10,978 $13,422 $13,422 $17,461 $10,978 $13,422 $13,422 $17,461
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 $21,255 $43,096 $51,962 $64,066 $33,515 $42,068 $46,372 $51,685 $33,515 $48,593 $56,465 $65,346
Annual taxes $3,727 $7,927 $9,637 $11,925 $6,079 $7,729 $8,559 $9,584 $6,079 $8,987 $10,506 $12,185
Required annual income before taxes $24,981 $51,023 $61,599 $75,991 $39,594 $49,796 $54,931 $61,268 $57,580 $39,594 $57,580 $66,971 $77,531

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $120,860
Business & Financial Operations $68,460
Computer & Mathematical $88,110
Architecture & Engineering $79,160
Life, Physical, & Social Science $72,390
Community & Social Service $40,840
Legal $93,000
Education, Training, & Library $52,770
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,040
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,940
Healthcare Support $28,930
Protective Service $33,300
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,770
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,040
Personal Care & Service $22,930
Sales & Related $25,420
Office & Administrative Support $34,000
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,810
Construction & Extraction $43,790
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,790
Production $30,690
Transportation & Material Moving $29,470