Living Wage Calculation for Sussex County, Delaware

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family. The assumption is the sole provider is working full-time (2080 hours per year). The tool provides information for individuals, and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In the case of households with two working adults, all values are per working adult, single or in a family unless otherwise noted.

The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. Data are updated annually, in the first quarter of the new year. State minimum wages are determined based on the posted value of the minimum wage as of January one of the coming year (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2019). The poverty rate reflects a person's 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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Living Wage $16.23 $32.78 $40.54 $53.26 $25.41 $31.91 $37.44 $41.09 $12.71 $18.15 $23.10 $27.12
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
Minimum Wage $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50

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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Food $3,351 $4,937 $7,417 $9,838 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999
Child Care $0 $7,247 $14,494 $21,741 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,247 $14,494 $21,741
Medical $2,863 $8,819 $8,606 $8,916 $6,265 $8,606 $8,916 $8,705 $6,265 $8,606 $8,916 $8,705
Housing $8,323 $12,530 $12,530 $16,957 $9,504 $12,530 $12,530 $16,957 $9,504 $12,530 $12,530 $16,957
Transportation $5,509 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304
Civic $2,503 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153
Other $4,508 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655
Required annual income after taxes $27,179 $54,174 $66,994 $88,018 $42,552 $52,728 $61,868 $67,895 $42,552 $59,975 $76,362 $89,636
Annual taxes $6,584 $14,012 $17,328 $22,766 $10,308 $13,638 $16,002 $17,561 $10,308 $15,513 $19,751 $23,185
Required annual income before taxes $33,763 $68,186 $84,322 $110,784 $52,860 $66,366 $77,870 $85,457 $52,860 $75,487 $96,113 $112,821

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $142,620
Business & Financial Operations $80,079
Computer & Mathematical $103,276
Architecture & Engineering $88,232
Life, Physical, & Social Science $81,160
Community & Social Service $49,017
Legal $93,561
Education, Training, & Library $58,476
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,396
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $75,178
Healthcare Support $31,319
Protective Service $46,074
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,803
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $32,207
Personal Care & Service $28,045
Sales & Related $31,822
Office & Administrative Support $41,891
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,988
Construction & Extraction $52,291
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $55,266
Production $35,075
Transportation & Material Moving $35,246