Living Wage Calculation for Battle Creek, MI

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 $10.58 $22.45 $27.63 $34.85 $17.57 $20.76 $23.36 $25.71 $8.41 $12.39 $15.17 $17.83
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 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25

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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $7,068 $12,287 $17,506 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,068 $12,287 $17,506
Medical $2,214 $5,536 $5,192 $5,274 $4,749 $5,192 $5,274 $4,993 $4,749 $5,192 $5,274 $4,993
Housing $5,640 $8,844 $8,844 $11,544 $7,020 $8,844 $8,844 $11,544 $5,640 $8,844 $8,844 $11,544
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $18,564 $39,455 $48,566 $61,243 $30,875 $36,471 $41,047 $45,164 $29,495 $43,539 $53,334 $62,670
Annual taxes $3,434 $7,246 $8,904 $11,244 $5,667 $6,703 $7,536 $8,317 $5,475 $7,989 $9,772 $11,503
Required annual income before taxes $21,998 $46,701 $57,470 $72,486 $36,542 $43,174 $48,583 $53,481 $34,970 $51,529 $63,106 $74,173

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $100,742
Business & Financial Operations $70,189
Computer & Mathematical $79,191
Architecture & Engineering $78,697
Life, Physical, & Social Science $91,453
Community & Social Service $43,772
Legal $69,788
Education, Training, & Library $43,237
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,301
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,531
Healthcare Support $29,462
Protective Service $49,975
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,759
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,957
Personal Care & Service $22,765
Sales & Related $26,109
Office & Administrative Support $34,493
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $46,035
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,146
Production $36,684
Transportation & Material Moving $31,510