Living Wage Calculation for Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL

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 $18.42 $35.20 $44.23 $58.21 $27.64 $32.95 $38.65 $41.90 $13.43 $19.33 $25.03 $29.51
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 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00

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 $3,423 $5,044 $7,577 $10,050 $6,275 $7,809 $10,068 $12,257 $6,275 $7,809 $10,068 $12,257
Child Care $0 $9,632 $19,263 $28,896 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,632 $19,263 $28,896
Medical $2,715 $7,991 $7,778 $8,087 $5,822 $7,778 $8,087 $7,876 $5,822 $7,778 $8,087 $7,876
Housing $11,667 $15,155 $15,155 $19,279 $12,982 $15,155 $15,155 $19,279 $11,667 $15,155 $15,155 $19,279
Transportation $5,305 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $15,700 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $15,700
Civic $2,894 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $5,959 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $5,959
Other $4,939 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $9,484 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $9,484
Required annual income after taxes $31,066 $59,372 $74,614 $98,192 $46,629 $55,584 $65,191 $70,677 $45,314 $65,215 $84,454 $99,573
Annual taxes $7,240 $13,836 $17,389 $22,883 $10,867 $12,954 $15,192 $16,471 $10,560 $15,198 $19,682 $23,205
Required annual income before taxes $38,306 $73,208 $92,003 $121,075 $57,496 $68,537 $80,383 $87,149 $55,874 $80,413 $104,136 $122,778

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $123,478
Business & Financial Operations $78,945
Computer & Mathematical $98,140
Architecture & Engineering $87,890
Life, Physical, & Social Science $76,195
Community & Social Service $51,756
Legal $103,159
Education, Training, & Library $57,555
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $56,111
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $77,457
Healthcare Support $32,635
Protective Service $51,381
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,129
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $33,844
Personal Care & Service $29,061
Sales & Related $35,289
Office & Administrative Support $43,185
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,673
Construction & Extraction $84,648
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $55,972
Production $40,082
Transportation & Material Moving $37,857