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 $12.51 $24.79 $28.66 $35.65 $18.70 $22.63 $25.13 $28.50 $9.35 $13.49 $15.64 $18.23
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

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 $7,977 $11,301 $14,625 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,977 $11,301 $14,625
Medical $2,266 $6,330 $6,118 $6,182 $4,558 $6,118 $6,182 $6,149 $4,558 $6,118 $6,182 $6,149
Housing $11,334 $15,541 $15,541 $20,256 $12,846 $15,541 $15,541 $20,256 $12,846 $15,541 $15,541 $20,256
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 $22,970 $45,523 $52,634 $65,461 $34,337 $41,559 $46,140 $52,335 $34,337 $49,536 $57,441 $66,960
Annual taxes $3,048 $6,041 $6,985 $8,687 $4,557 $5,515 $6,123 $6,945 $4,557 $6,573 $7,622 $8,886
Required annual income before taxes $26,018 $51,564 $59,619 $74,147 $38,894 $47,073 $52,263 $59,280 $38,894 $56,109 $65,063 $75,846

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $123,730
Business & Financial Operations $72,840
Computer & Mathematical $87,590
Architecture & Engineering $83,120
Life, Physical, & Social Science $72,920
Community & Social Service $49,430
Legal $93,540
Education, Training, & Library $54,930
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,350
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $75,390
Healthcare Support $27,950
Protective Service $42,530
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,700
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,810
Personal Care & Service $24,800
Sales & Related $27,460
Office & Administrative Support $36,100
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,270
Construction & Extraction $54,330
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,110
Production $31,330
Transportation & Material Moving $29,360