Living Wage Calculation for Suffolk 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 $15.26 $31.39 $35.39 $42.76 $22.49 $26.86 $29.34 $33.19 $11.24 $16.82 $18.99 $21.85
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 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00

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 $3,477 $5,124 $7,715 $10,233 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474
Child Care $0 $12,373 $15,781 $19,189 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,373 $15,781 $19,189
Medical $2,660 $7,195 $6,851 $6,934 $5,895 $6,851 $6,934 $6,653 $5,895 $6,851 $6,934 $6,653
Housing $15,036 $20,880 $20,880 $26,184 $17,052 $20,880 $20,880 $26,184 $17,052 $20,880 $20,880 $26,184
Transportation $3,893 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $27,851 $57,299 $64,599 $78,044 $41,047 $49,036 $53,563 $60,580 $41,047 $61,409 $69,344 $79,769
Annual taxes $3,885 $7,993 $9,012 $10,887 $5,726 $6,841 $7,472 $8,451 $5,726 $8,567 $9,673 $11,128
Required annual income before taxes $31,736 $65,292 $73,610 $88,932 $46,773 $55,877 $61,035 $69,031 $46,773 $69,976 $79,017 $90,897

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $116,461
Business & Financial Operations $77,020
Computer & Mathematical $95,053
Architecture & Engineering $88,439
Life, Physical, & Social Science $76,382
Community & Social Service $44,718
Legal $100,619
Education, Training, & Library $62,464
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $57,927
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $81,341
Healthcare Support $34,081
Protective Service $55,448
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,078
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $35,017
Personal Care & Service $29,637
Sales & Related $30,748
Office & Administrative Support $41,992
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,368
Construction & Extraction $59,100
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $53,627
Production $38,536
Transportation & Material Moving $35,161