Living Wage Calculation for Asheville, NC

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 $18.47 $34.70 $43.89 $58.46 $27.10 $32.28 $37.72 $41.80 $13.47 $19.08 $24.73 $29.71
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 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

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 $3,351 $4,937 $7,417 $9,838 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999
Child Care $0 $9,871 $19,742 $29,613 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,871 $19,742 $29,613
Medical $2,709 $8,250 $8,037 $8,347 $6,175 $8,037 $8,347 $8,136 $6,175 $8,037 $8,347 $8,136
Housing $12,331 $14,619 $14,619 $19,883 $12,587 $14,619 $14,619 $19,883 $12,331 $14,619 $14,619 $19,883
Transportation $5,509 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304
Civic $2,503 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153
Other $4,508 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655
Required annual income after taxes $31,034 $58,319 $73,763 $98,247 $45,544 $54,249 $63,388 $70,253 $45,289 $64,120 $83,130 $99,866
Annual taxes $7,374 $13,858 $17,528 $23,346 $10,822 $12,891 $15,063 $16,694 $10,762 $15,236 $19,754 $23,730
Required annual income before taxes $38,408 $72,176 $91,290 $121,593 $56,367 $67,139 $78,451 $86,946 $56,051 $79,356 $102,884 $123,596

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $92,523
Business & Financial Operations $63,077
Computer & Mathematical $67,282
Architecture & Engineering $75,414
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,324
Community & Social Service $50,932
Legal $63,216
Education, Training, & Library $47,936
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,532
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $70,706
Healthcare Support $32,132
Protective Service $41,035
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,824
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,051
Personal Care & Service $28,879
Sales & Related $31,565
Office & Administrative Support $38,124
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,575
Construction & Extraction $41,463
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,140
Production $37,814
Transportation & Material Moving $34,882