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 $14.33 $29.67 $37.54 $49.94 $22.34 $27.30 $30.84 $34.74 $10.97 $16.25 $20.63 $25.18
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 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50

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 $3,792 $5,574 $8,343 $11,093 $6,952 $8,639 $11,106 $13,540 $6,952 $8,639 $11,106 $13,540
Child Care $0 $9,318 $18,636 $27,953 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,318 $18,636 $27,953
Medical $2,206 $6,692 $6,380 $6,520 $4,737 $6,380 $6,520 $6,173 $4,737 $6,380 $6,520 $6,173
Housing $10,152 $14,100 $14,100 $20,340 $10,860 $14,100 $14,100 $20,340 $10,152 $14,100 $14,100 $20,340
Transportation $4,900 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $12,085 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $12,085
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 $2,794 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $6,055 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $6,055
Required annual income after taxes $25,655 $53,113 $67,196 $89,387 $39,978 $48,855 $55,207 $62,175 $39,270 $58,173 $73,843 $90,128
Annual taxes $4,159 $8,610 $10,893 $14,491 $6,481 $7,920 $8,950 $10,080 $6,366 $9,431 $11,971 $14,611
Required annual income before taxes $29,814 $61,723 $78,089 $103,878 $46,459 $56,776 $64,157 $72,255 $45,636 $67,604 $85,814 $104,739

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $102,284
Business & Financial Operations $62,928
Computer & Mathematical $77,240
Architecture & Engineering $79,194
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,700
Community & Social Service $49,229
Legal $66,897
Education, Training, & Library $51,971
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,104
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,043
Healthcare Support $33,587
Protective Service $65,424
Food Preparation & Serving Related $29,454
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,702
Personal Care & Service $30,957
Sales & Related $32,021
Office & Administrative Support $39,121
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,346
Construction & Extraction $55,899
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,078
Production $39,909
Transportation & Material Moving $36,789