Living Wage Calculation for Franklin 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 $18.30 $38.24 $49.92 $67.49 $27.22 $33.21 $39.06 $42.93 $13.61 $20.82 $27.96 $34.11
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 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25

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.

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 $3,891 $5,734 $8,613 $11,425 $7,133 $8,878 $11,446 $13,934 $7,133 $8,878 $11,446 $13,934
Child Care $0 $14,215 $28,431 $42,646 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $14,215 $28,431 $42,646
Medical $2,612 $7,680 $7,467 $7,777 $5,465 $7,467 $7,777 $7,566 $5,465 $7,467 $7,777 $7,566
Housing $11,504 $16,165 $16,165 $21,463 $12,620 $16,165 $16,165 $21,463 $12,620 $16,165 $16,165 $21,463
Transportation $4,244 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $12,560 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $12,560
Civic $3,207 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $6,603 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $6,603
Other $5,275 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $10,128 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $10,128
Required annual income after taxes $30,856 $64,464 $84,149 $113,776 $45,889 $55,982 $65,853 $72,376 $45,889 $70,197 $94,284 $115,022
Annual taxes $7,214 $15,072 $19,675 $26,601 $10,729 $13,089 $15,397 $16,922 $10,729 $16,413 $22,044 $26,893
Required annual income before taxes $38,070 $79,536 $103,823 $140,377 $56,619 $69,071 $81,250 $89,298 $56,619 $86,610 $116,328 $141,915

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $132,616
Business & Financial Operations $86,702
Computer & Mathematical $108,541
Architecture & Engineering $98,675
Life, Physical, & Social Science $87,740
Community & Social Service $51,381
Legal $115,432
Education, Training, & Library $71,069
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $65,548
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $87,772
Healthcare Support $38,092
Protective Service $62,231
Food Preparation & Serving Related $32,421
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $39,729
Personal Care & Service $35,899
Sales & Related $38,028
Office & Administrative Support $49,584
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $37,397
Construction & Extraction $66,939
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $60,305
Production $43,998
Transportation & Material Moving $38,927