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 $11.61 $25.25 $30.03 $38.35 $18.65 $22.85 $25.45 $29.48 $9.05 $13.81 $16.38 $19.66
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 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50

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 $3,573 $5,267 $7,929 $10,517 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820
Child Care $0 $8,712 $13,336 $17,959 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,712 $13,336 $17,959
Medical $1,955 $7,170 $6,827 $6,909 $5,397 $6,827 $6,909 $6,628 $5,397 $6,827 $6,909 $6,628
Housing $8,484 $12,336 $12,336 $17,940 $9,480 $12,336 $12,336 $17,940 $8,484 $12,336 $12,336 $17,940
Transportation $4,206 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307
Other $2,976 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121
Required annual income after taxes $21,194 $46,099 $54,814 $70,006 $34,042 $41,703 $46,455 $53,817 $33,046 $50,415 $59,791 $71,776
Annual taxes $2,957 $6,431 $7,647 $9,766 $4,749 $5,818 $6,481 $7,507 $4,610 $7,033 $8,341 $10,013
Required annual income before taxes $24,150 $52,530 $62,461 $79,772 $38,790 $47,520 $52,936 $61,324 $37,656 $57,447 $68,132 $81,788

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $97,461
Business & Financial Operations $62,608
Computer & Mathematical $69,953
Architecture & Engineering $78,686
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,433
Community & Social Service $48,720
Legal $63,667
Education, Training, & Library $50,808
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,348
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,653
Healthcare Support $35,563
Protective Service $69,119
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,738
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,950
Personal Care & Service $26,849
Sales & Related $30,676
Office & Administrative Support $37,095
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,843
Construction & Extraction $56,034
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,164
Production $39,348
Transportation & Material Moving $36,807