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 $11.88 $23.00 $28.44 $35.84 $18.82 $22.62 $25.10 $28.34 $9.24 $12.81 $15.52 $18.61
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 $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 $3,010 $4,446 $6,682 $8,863 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802
Child Care $0 $5,248 $10,378 $15,508 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,248 $10,378 $15,508
Medical $2,466 $7,264 $6,976 $7,096 $5,487 $6,976 $7,096 $6,998 $5,487 $6,976 $7,096 $6,998
Housing $8,244 $10,221 $10,221 $13,516 $8,880 $10,221 $10,221 $13,516 $8,244 $10,221 $10,221 $13,516
Transportation $4,322 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206
Other $2,812 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126
Required annual income after taxes $20,854 $40,292 $49,813 $62,750 $32,999 $39,631 $43,957 $49,648 $32,363 $44,879 $54,335 $65,156
Annual taxes $3,854 $7,547 $9,352 $11,788 $6,153 $7,422 $8,242 $9,305 $6,064 $8,416 $10,208 $12,244
Required annual income before taxes $24,708 $47,840 $59,165 $74,538 $39,151 $47,052 $52,199 $58,953 $38,427 $53,295 $64,543 $77,400

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,092
Business & Financial Operations $66,092
Computer & Mathematical $78,493
Architecture & Engineering $76,399
Life, Physical, & Social Science $54,311
Community & Social Service $44,227
Legal $65,797
Education, Training, & Library $52,613
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,279
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,417
Healthcare Support $26,988
Protective Service $36,431
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,015
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,969
Personal Care & Service $20,584
Sales & Related $28,207
Office & Administrative Support $35,069
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,905
Construction & Extraction $42,540
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,600
Production $34,093
Transportation & Material Moving $30,993