Living Wage Calculation for Dorchester County, Maryland

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 $12.54 $25.35 $29.71 $36.75 $19.25 $22.78 $25.33 $28.30 $9.62 $13.80 $16.18 $18.77
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
Minimum Wage $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10

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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $8,452 $12,324 $16,195 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,452 $12,324 $16,195
Medical $2,479 $7,633 $7,289 $7,372 $5,740 $7,289 $7,372 $7,091 $5,740 $7,289 $7,372 $7,091
Housing $8,916 $10,536 $10,536 $14,292 $9,180 $10,536 $10,536 $14,292 $9,180 $10,536 $10,536 $14,292
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $21,835 $44,154 $51,797 $64,065 $33,529 $39,661 $44,124 $49,261 $33,529 $48,113 $56,448 $65,456
Annual taxes $4,251 $8,568 $9,997 $12,374 $6,501 $7,728 $8,563 $9,606 $6,501 $9,309 $10,867 $12,634
Required annual income before taxes $26,086 $52,722 $61,795 $76,439 $40,031 $47,389 $52,686 $58,867 $40,031 $57,422 $67,315 $78,090

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $120,175
Business & Financial Operations $77,493
Computer & Mathematical $98,592
Architecture & Engineering $93,973
Life, Physical, & Social Science $84,036
Community & Social Service $48,730
Legal $69,263
Education, Training, & Library $58,678
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $54,378
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $75,395
Healthcare Support $31,736
Protective Service $46,621
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,231
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,364
Personal Care & Service $24,658
Sales & Related $27,960
Office & Administrative Support $38,525
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,441
Construction & Extraction $46,508
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,891
Production $36,231
Transportation & Material Moving $35,357