Living Wage Calculation for Maine

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 $10.38 $22.19 $26.87 $33.72 $17.36 $20.88 $23.37 $26.55 $24.72 $8.68 $12.36 $14.76 $17.49
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $5.00 $5.00 $6.00
Minimum Wage $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50

*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 $3,497 $5,146 $7,725 $10,258 $6,411 $7,972 $10,271 $12,514 $6,411 $7,972 $10,271 $12,514
Child Care $0 $6,608 $10,563 $14,517 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,608 $10,563 $14,517
Medical $2,084 $5,823 $5,623 $5,592 $4,891 $5,623 $5,592 $5,707 $4,891 $5,623 $5,592 $5,707
Housing $7,059 $10,162 $10,162 $13,446 $8,143 $10,162 $10,162 $13,446 $8,143 $10,162 $10,162 $13,446
Transportation $3,575 $7,055 $7,994 $9,416 $7,055 $7,994 $9,416 $9,505 $7,055 $7,994 $9,416 $9,505
Other $2,146 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013
Required annual income after taxes $18,360 $38,688 $46,749 $58,519 $30,395 $36,433 $40,731 $46,184 $30,395 $43,041 $51,293 $60,701
Annual taxes $3,240 $7,460 $9,148 $11,613 $5,724 $6,988 $7,888 $9,030 $5,724 $8,372 $10,100 $12,070
Required annual income before taxes $21,600 $46,148 $55,897 $70,132 $36,118 $43,422 $48,619 $55,214 $51,413 $36,118 $51,413 $61,393 $72,771

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $78,210
Business & Financial Operations $57,150
Computer & Mathematical $65,990
Architecture & Engineering $69,780
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,690
Community & Social Service $40,350
Legal $59,750
Education, Training, & Library $43,790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $32,400
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,520
Healthcare Support $26,670
Protective Service $34,700
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,770
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,640
Personal Care & Service $21,950
Sales & Related $24,180
Office & Administrative Support $32,400
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,000
Construction & Extraction $38,450
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,460
Production $34,210
Transportation & Material Moving $30,330