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 $16.08 $32.25 $40.20 $51.69 $25.41 $29.73 $33.38 $35.93 $12.28 $17.52 $22.01 $25.94
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
Minimum Wage $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00

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 $3,246 $4,771 $7,141 $9,494 $5,950 $7,394 $9,505 $11,589 $5,950 $7,394 $9,505 $11,589
Child Care $0 $8,960 $17,920 $26,879 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,960 $17,920 $26,879
Medical $2,862 $7,772 $7,460 $7,600 $6,139 $7,460 $7,600 $7,253 $6,139 $7,460 $7,600 $7,253
Housing $11,054 $14,596 $14,596 $18,585 $12,482 $14,596 $14,596 $18,585 $11,054 $14,596 $14,596 $18,585
Transportation $5,149 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $12,698 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $12,698
Civic $1,956 $4,200 $3,838 $4,457 $4,200 $3,838 $4,457 $4,300 $4,200 $3,838 $4,457 $4,300
Other $2,835 $4,620 $5,070 $6,127 $4,620 $5,070 $6,127 $6,145 $4,620 $5,070 $6,127 $6,145
Required annual income after taxes $27,101 $54,362 $67,779 $87,134 $42,834 $50,112 $56,278 $60,570 $41,406 $59,072 $74,198 $87,450
Annual taxes $6,336 $12,710 $15,847 $20,373 $10,015 $11,717 $13,158 $14,162 $9,681 $13,811 $17,348 $20,446
Required annual income before taxes $33,438 $67,072 $83,626 $107,507 $52,848 $61,829 $69,436 $74,732 $51,087 $72,884 $91,546 $107,896

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $111,584
Business & Financial Operations $72,207
Computer & Mathematical $89,650
Architecture & Engineering $82,478
Life, Physical, & Social Science $68,769
Community & Social Service $47,224
Legal $96,811
Education, Training, & Library $52,441
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $50,702
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $73,056
Healthcare Support $29,464
Protective Service $46,324
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,154
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,927
Personal Care & Service $26,344
Sales & Related $31,489
Office & Administrative Support $40,226
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,512
Construction & Extraction $79,624
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,539
Production $36,267
Transportation & Material Moving $33,177