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 $11.65 $23.68 $27.66 $34.06 $18.49 $22.02 $24.59 $27.32 $9.19 $12.98 $15.17 $17.43
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 $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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107
Medical $2,165 $6,969 $6,625 $6,707 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426
Housing $7,625 $9,772 $9,772 $13,124 $7,836 $9,772 $9,772 $13,124 $7,625 $9,772 $9,772 $13,124
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $20,230 $41,120 $48,021 $59,144 $32,079 $38,233 $42,696 $47,428 $31,868 $45,079 $52,672 $60,535
Annual taxes $4,010 $8,143 $9,506 $11,710 $6,371 $7,573 $8,454 $9,396 $6,342 $8,925 $10,424 $11,985
Required annual income before taxes $24,240 $49,262 $57,527 $70,855 $38,451 $45,806 $51,150 $56,825 $38,210 $54,004 $63,096 $72,520

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $90,146
Business & Financial Operations $57,392
Computer & Mathematical $61,702
Architecture & Engineering $61,404
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,112
Community & Social Service $44,317
Legal $46,848
Education, Training, & Library $43,268
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,194
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,227
Healthcare Support $28,547
Protective Service $35,079
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,058
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,165
Personal Care & Service $24,247
Sales & Related $25,780
Office & Administrative Support $32,446
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,123
Construction & Extraction $36,345
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,509
Production $32,950
Transportation & Material Moving $30,944