Living Wage Calculation for Van Buren County, Michigan

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 $15.98 $33.01 $42.99 $57.64 $24.89 $29.76 $35.41 $38.41 $12.44 $18.22 $24.39 $29.23
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 $9.87 $9.87 $9.87 $9.87 $9.87 $9.87 $9.87 $9.87 $9.87 $9.87 $9.87 $9.87

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 $3,423 $5,044 $7,577 $10,050 $6,275 $7,809 $10,068 $12,257 $6,275 $7,809 $10,068 $12,257
Child Care $0 $11,372 $22,743 $34,115 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $11,372 $22,743 $34,115
Medical $2,491 $6,759 $6,546 $6,855 $5,362 $6,546 $6,855 $6,644 $5,362 $6,546 $6,855 $6,644
Housing $8,011 $11,439 $11,439 $15,178 $9,154 $11,439 $11,439 $15,178 $9,154 $11,439 $11,439 $15,178
Transportation $5,305 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $15,700 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $15,700
Civic $2,894 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $5,959 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $5,959
Other $4,939 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $9,484 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $9,484
Required annual income after taxes $27,186 $56,163 $73,146 $98,078 $42,340 $50,635 $60,242 $65,345 $42,340 $62,007 $82,985 $99,460
Annual taxes $6,049 $12,496 $16,274 $21,822 $9,420 $11,266 $13,404 $14,539 $9,420 $13,796 $18,464 $22,129
Required annual income before taxes $33,235 $68,659 $89,420 $119,900 $51,761 $61,901 $73,646 $79,883 $51,761 $75,803 $101,449 $121,589

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $112,682
Business & Financial Operations $73,434
Computer & Mathematical $84,166
Architecture & Engineering $91,014
Life, Physical, & Social Science $69,711
Community & Social Service $50,921
Legal $81,641
Education, Training, & Library $54,303
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $50,943
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $71,925
Healthcare Support $31,715
Protective Service $47,604
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,937
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,880
Personal Care & Service $27,446
Sales & Related $32,239
Office & Administrative Support $40,724
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,779
Construction & Extraction $54,003
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,478
Production $40,724
Transportation & Material Moving $36,187