Living Wage Calculation for Burlington, NC

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 $11.09 $24.32 $28.68 $34.91 $18.32 $22.95 $25.45 $28.63 $8.91 $13.48 $15.64 $18.15
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 $6,959 $10,141 $13,323 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,959 $10,141 $13,323
Medical $2,305 $7,945 $7,657 $7,778 $5,495 $7,657 $7,778 $7,679 $5,495 $7,657 $7,778 $7,679
Housing $6,732 $9,744 $9,744 $12,852 $7,644 $9,744 $9,744 $12,852 $6,732 $9,744 $9,744 $12,852
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 $19,181 $42,207 $49,780 $60,582 $31,770 $39,834 $44,161 $49,665 $30,858 $46,793 $54,302 $62,988
Annual taxes $3,883 $8,379 $9,875 $12,035 $6,340 $7,911 $8,765 $9,879 $6,213 $9,285 $10,768 $12,511
Required annual income before taxes $23,064 $50,587 $59,656 $72,618 $38,110 $47,745 $52,926 $59,544 $37,071 $56,079 $65,070 $75,499

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,224
Business & Financial Operations $59,901
Computer & Mathematical $74,020
Architecture & Engineering $70,371
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,749
Community & Social Service $45,813
Legal $61,274
Education, Training, & Library $44,420
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,382
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $53,630
Healthcare Support $26,256
Protective Service $41,767
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,151
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,511
Personal Care & Service $20,858
Sales & Related $23,654
Office & Administrative Support $31,633
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $38,067
Construction & Extraction $37,071
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,232
Production $31,359
Transportation & Material Moving $29,488