Living Wage Calculation for Auburn-Opelika, AL

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 $11.21 $22.51 $27.56 $35.01 $17.88 $21.83 $24.38 $27.08 $8.69 $12.39 $15.11 $17.90
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 $5,163 $10,209 $15,256 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,163 $10,209 $15,256
Medical $2,496 $6,818 $6,475 $6,557 $5,097 $6,475 $6,557 $6,276 $5,097 $6,475 $6,557 $6,276
Housing $6,684 $9,924 $9,924 $13,284 $7,596 $9,924 $9,924 $13,284 $6,684 $9,924 $9,924 $13,284
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 $19,620 $39,438 $48,255 $61,303 $31,302 $38,235 $42,697 $47,438 $30,390 $43,398 $52,906 $62,694
Annual taxes $3,689 $7,392 $9,063 $11,517 $5,887 $7,164 $8,009 $8,890 $5,760 $8,142 $9,944 $11,781
Required annual income before taxes $23,309 $46,830 $57,318 $72,820 $37,189 $45,398 $50,706 $56,328 $36,150 $51,539 $62,850 $74,475

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $96,689
Business & Financial Operations $56,713
Computer & Mathematical $63,873
Architecture & Engineering $68,183
Life, Physical, & Social Science $49,522
Community & Social Service $44,605
Legal $63,348
Education, Training, & Library $61,013
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,237
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $50,428
Healthcare Support $23,743
Protective Service $33,834
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,504
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,549
Personal Care & Service $19,916
Sales & Related $21,397
Office & Administrative Support $30,964
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $41,869
Construction & Extraction $35,450
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,035
Production $28,002
Transportation & Material Moving $26,335