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 $16.50 $32.46 $40.61 $53.01 $25.08 $29.76 $33.40 $36.68 $12.44 $17.63 $22.20 $26.59
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
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 $3,177 $4,670 $6,990 $9,294 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345
Child Care $0 $9,182 $18,365 $27,547 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,182 $18,365 $27,547
Medical $2,728 $7,860 $7,548 $7,688 $5,923 $7,548 $7,688 $7,341 $5,923 $7,548 $7,688 $7,341
Housing $11,844 $14,517 $14,517 $19,717 $12,155 $14,517 $14,517 $19,717 $11,844 $14,517 $14,517 $19,717
Transportation $5,113 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611
Civic $1,811 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982
Other $2,875 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $27,549 $54,183 $67,791 $88,485 $41,856 $49,674 $55,749 $61,230 $41,545 $58,856 $74,114 $88,777
Annual taxes $6,780 $13,335 $16,684 $21,777 $10,301 $12,225 $13,720 $15,069 $10,225 $14,485 $18,240 $21,849
Required annual income before taxes $34,329 $67,518 $84,474 $110,262 $52,157 $61,898 $69,469 $76,299 $51,770 $73,341 $92,354 $110,626

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,747
Business & Financial Operations $58,518
Computer & Mathematical $62,590
Architecture & Engineering $69,271
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,836
Community & Social Service $47,654
Legal $56,974
Education, Training, & Library $45,116
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,508
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $68,861
Healthcare Support $29,771
Protective Service $38,272
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,530
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,234
Personal Care & Service $25,494
Sales & Related $28,154
Office & Administrative Support $35,530
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,694
Construction & Extraction $38,866
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,293
Production $35,346
Transportation & Material Moving $31,755