Living Wage Calculation for Massachusetts

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 (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $12.60 $26.38 $30.46 $37.18 $19.00 $22.95 $25.52 $28.44 $9.50 $14.32 $16.58 $19.01
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 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00

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 (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $3,509 $5,176 $7,786 $10,321 $6,434 $8,011 $10,339 $12,583 $6,434 $8,011 $10,339 $12,583
Child Care $0 $10,125 $13,602 $17,079 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,125 $13,602 $17,079
Medical $2,667 $6,416 $6,204 $6,268 $5,141 $6,204 $6,268 $6,235 $5,141 $6,204 $6,268 $6,235
Housing $10,422 $14,800 $14,800 $18,513 $11,779 $14,800 $14,800 $18,513 $11,779 $14,800 $14,800 $18,513
Transportation $3,764 $6,855 $7,901 $9,258 $6,855 $7,901 $9,258 $8,845 $6,855 $7,901 $9,258 $8,845
Other $2,096 $3,644 $3,987 $4,819 $3,644 $3,987 $4,819 $4,502 $3,644 $3,987 $4,819 $4,502
Required annual income after taxes $22,459 $47,016 $54,280 $66,258 $33,853 $40,903 $45,484 $50,678 $33,853 $51,028 $59,087 $67,757
Annual taxes $3,755 $7,861 $9,076 $11,078 $5,660 $6,839 $7,605 $8,473 $5,660 $8,532 $9,879 $11,329
Required annual income before taxes $26,214 $54,877 $63,356 $77,336 $39,513 $47,742 $53,090 $59,151 $39,513 $59,560 $68,966 $79,087

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $108,050
Business & Financial Operations $72,400
Computer & Mathematical $91,090
Architecture & Engineering $80,410
Life, Physical, & Social Science $68,180
Community & Social Service $42,360
Legal $87,990
Education, Training, & Library $57,200
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $50,820
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $72,880
Healthcare Support $30,570
Protective Service $49,100
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,950
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,800
Personal Care & Service $25,970
Sales & Related $28,310
Office & Administrative Support $38,630
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,890
Construction & Extraction $55,010
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,860
Production $35,730
Transportation & Material Moving $32,460