Living Wage Calculation for Salem County, New Jersey

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support themsleves and/or their family, working full-time, or 2080 hours per year. The tables below provide living wage estimates for individuals and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In households with two working adults, all hourly values reflect what one working adult requires to earn to meet their families’ basic needs, assuming the other adult also earns the same.

The poverty wage and state minimum wage are for reference purposes. Poverty wage estimates come from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Poverty Guidelines for 2024 and have been converted from an annual value to an hourly wage for ease of comparison. The state minimum wage data is sourced from the Labor Law Center and includes the minimum wage in a given state as of January of that year.

For further detail, please reference the Methodology page. The data on this page was last updated on February 14, 2024.

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 $23.22 $39.50 $49.32 $64.08 $32.11 $38.51 $43.63 $45.70 $16.06 $22.28 $27.47 $31.63
Poverty Wage $7.24 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $17.59 $4.91 $6.21 $7.50 $8.79
Minimum Wage $15.13 $15.13 $15.13 $15.13 $15.13 $15.13 $15.13 $15.13 $15.13 $15.13 $15.13 $15.13

Typical Expenses

The table below shows the costs of each basic need that go into estimating the living wage. Like with the living wage, their values vary by location and family size.

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 $4,709 $6,942 $10,412 $13,839 $8,633 $10,747 $13,840 $16,875 $8,633 $10,747 $13,840 $16,875
Child Care $0 $10,790 $20,045 $29,932 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,790 $20,045 $29,932
Medical $3,456 $9,297 $9,149 $9,762 $6,772 $9,149 $9,762 $9,225 $6,772 $9,149 $9,762 $9,225
Housing $13,252 $17,666 $17,666 $21,358 $14,757 $17,666 $17,666 $21,358 $14,757 $17,666 $17,666 $21,358
Transportation $11,049 $12,787 $16,107 $18,534 $12,787 $16,107 $18,534 $18,512 $12,787 $16,107 $18,534 $18,512
Civic $3,013 $5,303 $6,675 $7,730 $5,303 $6,675 $7,730 $7,226 $5,303 $6,675 $7,730 $7,226
Internet & Mobile $1,531 $1,531 $1,531 $1,531 $2,097 $2,097 $2,097 $2,097 $2,097 $2,097 $2,097 $2,097
Other $4,417 $7,884 $8,383 $11,588 $7,884 $8,383 $11,588 $11,139 $7,884 $8,383 $11,588 $11,139
Required annual income after taxes $41,428 $72,201 $89,968 $114,273 $58,234 $70,823 $81,216 $86,431 $58,234 $81,614 $101,261 $116,363
Annual taxes $6,860 $9,958 $12,624 $19,013 $8,562 $9,281 $9,537 $8,633 $8,562 $11,065 $13,013 $15,198
Required annual income before taxes $48,288 $82,159 $102,593 $133,286 $66,796 $80,104 $90,752 $95,064 $66,796 $92,679 $114,273 $131,561

Typical Annual Salaries

The average annual salaries for various occupations in the table below comes from the latest state-level data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. When available, this data is specific to a given metro area.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $170,260
Business & Financial Operations $102,270
Computer & Mathematical $114,360
Architecture & Engineering $100,890
Life, Physical, & Social Science $94,270
Community & Social Service $62,700
Legal $132,100
Education, Training, & Library $69,040
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $80,660
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $112,820
Healthcare Support $37,950
Protective Service $63,400
Food Preparation & Serving Related $37,500
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $39,790
Personal Care & Service $39,900
Sales & Related $58,700
Office & Administrative Support $49,410
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $38,780
Construction & Extraction $73,540
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $62,460
Production $47,040
Transportation & Material Moving $44,050