Living Wage Calculation for Rhode Island

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 $11.17 $24.26 $29.60 $36.87 $17.78 $21.51 $23.92 $26.80 $26.71 $8.89 $13.35 $16.08 $19.05
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 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00

*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 $9,261 $14,667 $20,074 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,261 $14,667 $20,074
Medical $2,367 $6,410 $6,211 $6,179 $4,983 $6,211 $6,179 $6,294 $4,983 $6,211 $6,179 $6,294
Housing $8,311 $11,466 $11,466 $14,417 $9,344 $11,466 $11,466 $14,417 $9,344 $11,466 $11,466 $14,417
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 $19,896 $43,233 $52,745 $65,634 $31,687 $38,325 $42,622 $47,743 $31,687 $47,586 $57,290 $67,817
Annual taxes $3,331 $7,237 $8,830 $11,048 $5,304 $6,416 $7,135 $7,992 $5,304 $7,966 $9,590 $11,435
Required annual income before taxes $23,226 $50,470 $61,575 $76,682 $36,992 $44,740 $49,757 $55,735 $55,552 $36,992 $55,552 $66,880 $79,251

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $111,640
Business & Financial Operations $69,890
Computer & Mathematical $80,240
Architecture & Engineering $82,540
Life, Physical, & Social Science $67,840
Community & Social Service $42,430
Legal $71,540
Education, Training, & Library $58,550
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,330
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $74,110
Healthcare Support $29,490
Protective Service $47,570
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,760
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,090
Personal Care & Service $23,110
Sales & Related $28,290
Office & Administrative Support $36,720
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $20,050
Construction & Extraction $46,350
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,120
Production $33,500
Transportation & Material Moving $31,450