Living Wage Calculation for New Jersey

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 $12.50 $24.84 $29.10 $36.10 $19.06 $22.79 $24.88 $28.84 $9.12 $13.50 $15.66 $18.75
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 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

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 $3,435 $5,065 $7,611 $10,104 $6,297 $7,841 $10,111 $12,318 $6,297 $7,841 $10,111 $12,318
Child Care $0 $7,721 $11,811 $15,901 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,721 $11,811 $15,901
Medical $2,365 $6,150 $5,978 $5,839 $4,731 $5,978 $5,839 $6,063 $4,731 $5,978 $5,839 $6,063
Housing $11,334 $15,541 $15,541 $20,256 $12,846 $15,541 $15,541 $20,256 $11,334 $15,541 $15,541 $20,256
Transportation $3,542 $7,002 $8,003 $8,947 $7,002 $8,003 $8,947 $9,182 $7,002 $8,003 $8,947 $9,182
Other $2,281 $4,128 $4,495 $5,246 $4,128 $4,495 $5,246 $5,141 $4,128 $4,495 $5,246 $5,141
Required annual income after taxes $22,957 $45,607 $53,439 $66,294 $35,004 $41,857 $45,684 $52,960 $33,493 $49,578 $57,495 $68,861
Annual taxes $3,046 $6,052 $7,091 $8,797 $4,645 $5,554 $6,062 $7,028 $4,444 $6,579 $7,630 $9,138
Required annual income before taxes $26,003 $51,659 $60,530 $75,091 $39,649 $47,412 $51,747 $59,988 $37,937 $56,157 $65,125 $77,999

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $121,080
Business & Financial Operations $72,060
Computer & Mathematical $86,210
Architecture & Engineering $82,560
Life, Physical, & Social Science $71,810
Community & Social Service $49,300
Legal $86,780
Education, Training, & Library $54,030
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,280
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $74,760
Healthcare Support $27,610
Protective Service $43,660
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,590
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,490
Personal Care & Service $23,910
Sales & Related $28,050
Office & Administrative Support $35,680
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,440
Construction & Extraction $52,940
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,960
Production $30,980
Transportation & Material Moving $29,020