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 $13.34 $26.96 $31.50 $38.72 $20.96 $24.64 $27.26 $30.26 $10.04 $14.65 $17.11 $19.77
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $8,135 $12,186 $16,236 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,135 $12,186 $16,236
Medical $2,473 $7,229 $6,885 $6,967 $5,817 $6,885 $6,967 $6,687 $5,817 $6,885 $6,967 $6,687
Housing $10,181 $13,826 $13,826 $17,656 $11,784 $13,826 $13,826 $17,656 $10,181 $13,826 $13,826 $17,656
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $23,364 $47,197 $55,140 $67,778 $36,709 $43,146 $47,722 $52,970 $35,105 $51,281 $59,908 $69,206
Annual taxes $4,376 $8,881 $10,386 $12,769 $6,893 $8,113 $8,980 $9,963 $6,669 $9,655 $11,290 $13,040
Required annual income before taxes $27,739 $56,078 $65,526 $80,548 $43,601 $51,260 $56,703 $62,933 $41,774 $60,936 $71,198 $82,245

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $105,320
Business & Financial Operations $68,543
Computer & Mathematical $87,317
Architecture & Engineering $80,744
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,208
Community & Social Service $45,675
Legal $92,872
Education, Training, & Library $53,267
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,996
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $72,401
Healthcare Support $28,876
Protective Service $44,111
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,570
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,864
Personal Care & Service $23,938
Sales & Related $30,368
Office & Administrative Support $37,517
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,932
Construction & Extraction $80,230
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,983
Production $33,300
Transportation & Material Moving $31,345