Living Wage Calculation for North Carolina

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 $10.53 $21.63 $25.83 $32.34 $16.89 $20.46 $23.09 $25.35 $8.44 $11.92 $14.28 $16.47
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 $3,022 $4,457 $6,704 $8,887 $5,540 $6,898 $8,903 $10,835 $5,540 $6,898 $8,903 $10,835
Child Care $0 $5,983 $9,716 $13,449 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,983 $9,716 $13,449
Medical $2,072 $6,533 $6,322 $6,386 $4,642 $6,322 $6,386 $6,353 $4,642 $6,322 $6,386 $6,353
Housing $6,630 $8,909 $8,909 $11,879 $7,288 $8,909 $8,909 $11,879 $7,288 $8,909 $8,909 $11,879
Transportation $4,697 $8,554 $9,859 $11,553 $8,554 $9,859 $11,553 $11,037 $8,554 $9,859 $11,553 $11,037
Other $2,253 $3,916 $4,284 $5,178 $3,916 $4,284 $5,178 $4,838 $3,916 $4,284 $5,178 $4,838
Required annual income after taxes $18,673 $38,353 $45,795 $57,332 $29,941 $36,273 $40,930 $44,943 $29,941 $42,256 $50,645 $58,391
Annual taxes $3,234 $6,643 $7,932 $9,930 $5,186 $6,283 $7,089 $7,784 $5,186 $7,319 $8,772 $10,113
Required annual income before taxes $21,907 $44,995 $53,727 $67,262 $35,126 $42,556 $48,019 $52,727 $35,126 $49,575 $59,417 $68,505

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $100,420
Business & Financial Operations $62,140
Computer & Mathematical $77,910
Architecture & Engineering $68,670
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,950
Community & Social Service $40,690
Legal $56,410
Education, Training, & Library $40,110
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,390
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,750
Healthcare Support $22,640
Protective Service $31,620
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,480
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,130
Personal Care & Service $20,080
Sales & Related $24,260
Office & Administrative Support $31,100
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,460
Construction & Extraction $34,120
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,270
Production $29,450
Transportation & Material Moving $27,320