Living Wage Calculation for Birmingham-Hoover, 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 $15.31 $28.96 $35.30 $45.01 $23.89 $28.01 $31.61 $34.03 $11.74 $15.86 $19.52 $22.59
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 $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 $3,177 $4,670 $6,990 $9,294 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345
Child Care $0 $6,267 $12,535 $18,802 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,267 $12,535 $18,802
Medical $2,889 $7,691 $7,379 $7,519 $5,873 $7,379 $7,519 $7,173 $5,873 $7,379 $7,519 $7,173
Housing $9,947 $12,232 $12,232 $16,028 $10,622 $12,232 $12,232 $16,028 $9,947 $12,232 $12,232 $16,028
Transportation $5,113 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611
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 $2,875 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $25,812 $48,815 $59,507 $75,883 $40,273 $47,220 $53,296 $57,373 $39,598 $53,487 $65,831 $76,175
Annual taxes $6,035 $11,413 $13,913 $17,742 $9,416 $11,040 $12,461 $13,414 $9,258 $12,506 $15,392 $17,810
Required annual income before taxes $31,848 $60,228 $73,421 $93,625 $49,689 $58,260 $65,756 $70,787 $48,856 $65,993 $81,223 $93,985

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $100,433
Business & Financial Operations $67,552
Computer & Mathematical $80,197
Architecture & Engineering $74,232
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,833
Community & Social Service $45,239
Legal $65,577
Education, Training, & Library $53,577
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,019
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,795
Healthcare Support $25,095
Protective Service $37,546
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,082
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,535
Personal Care & Service $23,479
Sales & Related $28,543
Office & Administrative Support $36,809
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,303
Construction & Extraction $42,457
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,518
Production $34,681
Transportation & Material Moving $31,745