Living Wage Calculation for Berkshire County, Massachusetts

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 $12.76 $27.71 $32.09 $38.45 $19.43 $23.43 $25.94 $29.22 $9.71 $15.16 $17.36 $19.95
Poverty Wage $6.00 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $14.50 $4.06 $5.13 $6.19 $7.25
Minimum Wage $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00

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 $3,495 $5,163 $7,760 $10,292 $6,408 $7,987 $10,303 $12,545 $6,408 $7,987 $10,303 $12,545
Child Care $0 $12,577 $16,041 $19,506 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,577 $16,041 $19,506
Medical $2,924 $7,686 $7,398 $7,518 $6,001 $7,398 $7,518 $7,420 $6,001 $7,398 $7,518 $7,420
Housing $10,088 $12,733 $12,733 $16,063 $10,636 $12,733 $12,733 $16,063 $10,636 $12,733 $12,733 $16,063
Transportation $3,899 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $11,013 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $11,013
Other $2,890 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $6,296 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $6,296
Required annual income after taxes $23,297 $50,579 $58,578 $70,178 $35,465 $42,764 $47,353 $53,336 $35,465 $55,341 $63,394 $72,842
Annual taxes $3,250 $7,056 $8,172 $9,790 $4,947 $5,966 $6,606 $7,440 $4,947 $7,720 $8,844 $10,161
Required annual income before taxes $26,547 $57,634 $66,750 $79,968 $40,412 $48,729 $53,959 $60,777 $40,412 $63,061 $72,238 $83,004

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $117,780
Business & Financial Operations $76,684
Computer & Mathematical $96,241
Architecture & Engineering $88,505
Life, Physical, & Social Science $77,405
Community & Social Service $45,091
Legal $105,653
Education, Training, & Library $63,510
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $57,665
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $81,736
Healthcare Support $34,916
Protective Service $55,134
Food Preparation & Serving Related $27,110
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $34,987
Personal Care & Service $29,885
Sales & Related $31,165
Office & Administrative Support $42,581
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,747
Construction & Extraction $59,739
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $53,660
Production $38,982
Transportation & Material Moving $35,882