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 $13.38 $27.19 $32.08 $39.31 $20.70 $25.11 $27.64 $31.27 $9.93 $14.92 $17.36 $20.35
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 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25

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 $3,075 $4,541 $6,826 $9,053 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035
Child Care $0 $8,269 $12,386 $16,504 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,269 $12,386 $16,504
Medical $2,563 $7,366 $7,078 $7,198 $5,256 $7,078 $7,198 $7,099 $5,256 $7,078 $7,198 $7,099
Housing $10,586 $14,183 $14,183 $18,106 $12,119 $14,183 $14,183 $18,106 $10,586 $14,183 $14,183 $18,106
Transportation $4,289 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115
Other $2,929 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381
Required annual income after taxes $23,443 $47,604 $56,151 $68,796 $36,257 $43,964 $48,379 $54,736 $34,724 $52,233 $60,765 $71,240
Annual taxes $4,389 $8,956 $10,576 $12,960 $6,805 $8,266 $9,103 $10,296 $6,591 $9,833 $11,450 $13,423
Required annual income before taxes $27,832 $56,560 $66,726 $81,756 $43,062 $52,230 $57,481 $65,031 $41,316 $62,066 $72,214 $84,663

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $106,294
Business & Financial Operations $69,212
Computer & Mathematical $87,235
Architecture & Engineering $80,089
Life, Physical, & Social Science $64,923
Community & Social Service $45,295
Legal $93,811
Education, Training, & Library $50,814
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,883
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $72,597
Healthcare Support $29,925
Protective Service $44,207
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,586
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,620
Personal Care & Service $24,192
Sales & Related $29,986
Office & Administrative Support $37,620
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,594
Construction & Extraction $76,775
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,848
Production $34,957
Transportation & Material Moving $32,284