Living Wage Calculation for Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, 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 $17.70 $33.42 $42.30 $55.89 $26.32 $31.31 $36.75 $40.16 $13.09 $18.44 $23.94 $28.43
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
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 $3,351 $4,937 $7,417 $9,838 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999
Child Care $0 $9,350 $18,700 $28,050 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,350 $18,700 $28,050
Medical $2,709 $8,250 $8,037 $8,347 $6,175 $8,037 $8,347 $8,136 $6,175 $8,037 $8,347 $8,136
Housing $11,041 $12,989 $12,989 $17,133 $11,283 $12,989 $12,989 $17,133 $11,041 $12,989 $12,989 $17,133
Transportation $5,509 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304
Civic $2,503 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153
Other $4,508 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655
Required annual income after taxes $29,743 $56,167 $71,091 $93,934 $44,241 $52,619 $61,758 $67,502 $43,999 $61,969 $80,459 $95,553
Annual taxes $7,068 $13,347 $16,893 $22,321 $10,513 $12,503 $14,675 $16,040 $10,455 $14,725 $19,119 $22,706
Required annual income before taxes $36,811 $69,514 $87,984 $116,255 $54,754 $65,122 $76,434 $83,542 $54,454 $76,694 $99,578 $118,258

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $128,518
Business & Financial Operations $79,758
Computer & Mathematical $98,108
Architecture & Engineering $81,438
Life, Physical, & Social Science $67,581
Community & Social Service $50,643
Legal $73,841
Education, Training, & Library $50,953
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $55,330
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $69,518
Healthcare Support $30,805
Protective Service $40,039
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,289
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,446
Personal Care & Service $26,761
Sales & Related $34,946
Office & Administrative Support $41,452
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,906
Construction & Extraction $44,159
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $52,441
Production $38,574
Transportation & Material Moving $33,641