Living Wage Calculation for Wheeler County, Oregon

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 $10.68 $24.35 $30.66 $38.79 $18.41 $23.25 $25.98 $29.33 $9.20 $13.63 $16.77 $20.21
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 $11.25 $11.25 $11.25 $11.25 $11.25 $11.25 $11.25 $11.25 $11.25 $11.25 $11.25 $11.25

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 $3,592 $5,306 $7,976 $10,578 $6,586 $8,208 $10,589 $12,893 $6,586 $8,208 $10,589 $12,893
Child Care $0 $6,797 $12,776 $18,755 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,797 $12,776 $18,755
Medical $2,068 $7,910 $7,622 $7,742 $5,319 $7,622 $7,742 $7,643 $5,319 $7,622 $7,742 $7,643
Housing $5,400 $8,400 $8,400 $11,052 $6,504 $8,400 $8,400 $11,052 $6,504 $8,400 $8,400 $11,052
Transportation $4,094 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $11,564 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $11,564
Other $2,734 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $5,955 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $5,955
Required annual income after taxes $17,889 $40,953 $51,631 $65,111 $30,948 $39,088 $43,716 $49,108 $30,948 $45,885 $56,492 $67,863
Annual taxes $4,335 $9,694 $12,145 $15,567 $7,339 $9,266 $10,328 $11,895 $7,339 $10,826 $13,260 $16,199
Required annual income before taxes $22,223 $50,647 $63,776 $80,679 $38,288 $48,354 $54,044 $61,002 $38,288 $56,711 $69,752 $84,062

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $94,513
Business & Financial Operations $66,651
Computer & Mathematical $83,870
Architecture & Engineering $77,741
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,664
Community & Social Service $47,429
Legal $77,334
Education, Training, & Library $51,800
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,527
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $85,232
Healthcare Support $36,055
Protective Service $48,639
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,260
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,878
Personal Care & Service $27,638
Sales & Related $30,850
Office & Administrative Support $37,600
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,108
Construction & Extraction $50,641
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,118
Production $36,756
Transportation & Material Moving $35,668