Living Wage Calculation for Bellingham, WA

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 $11.69 $24.77 $29.92 $38.26 $18.27 $22.63 $25.16 $29.76 $8.93 $13.74 $16.29 $19.88
Poverty Wage $6.00 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $14.50 $4.06 $5.13 $6.19 $7.25
Minimum Wage $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00

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 $3,592 $5,306 $7,976 $10,578 $6,586 $8,208 $10,589 $12,893 $6,586 $8,208 $10,589 $12,893
Child Care $0 $8,856 $13,555 $18,255 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,856 $13,555 $18,255
Medical $1,960 $5,825 $5,537 $5,657 $4,499 $5,537 $5,657 $5,558 $4,499 $5,537 $5,657 $5,558
Housing $8,964 $12,696 $12,696 $18,360 $9,732 $12,696 $12,696 $18,360 $8,964 $12,696 $12,696 $18,360
Transportation $4,094 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $11,564 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $11,564
Other $2,734 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $5,955 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $5,955
Required annual income after taxes $21,345 $45,223 $54,622 $69,834 $33,357 $41,299 $45,927 $54,331 $32,589 $50,155 $59,482 $72,586
Annual taxes $2,978 $6,309 $7,620 $9,742 $4,653 $5,761 $6,407 $7,579 $4,546 $6,997 $8,298 $10,126
Required annual income before taxes $24,322 $51,531 $62,241 $79,576 $38,010 $47,061 $52,334 $61,910 $37,135 $57,152 $67,779 $82,712

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $99,544
Business & Financial Operations $63,327
Computer & Mathematical $73,095
Architecture & Engineering $81,126
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,603
Community & Social Service $48,059
Legal $64,516
Education, Training, & Library $49,747
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,673
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,056
Healthcare Support $36,644
Protective Service $65,208
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,337
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,980
Personal Care & Service $27,333
Sales & Related $31,033
Office & Administrative Support $37,823
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,954
Construction & Extraction $53,396
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,025
Production $39,704
Transportation & Material Moving $37,376