Living Wage Calculation for Decatur, AL

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 $10.31 $21.88 $27.32 $34.21 $17.43 $21.50 $23.97 $26.72 $8.45 $12.25 $14.95 $17.79
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 $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 $3,010 $4,446 $6,682 $8,863 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802
Child Care $0 $5,248 $10,378 $15,508 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,248 $10,378 $15,508
Medical $2,466 $7,264 $6,976 $7,096 $5,487 $6,976 $7,096 $6,998 $5,487 $6,976 $7,096 $6,998
Housing $5,376 $8,172 $8,172 $10,548 $6,336 $8,172 $8,172 $10,548 $5,376 $8,172 $8,172 $10,548
Transportation $4,322 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206
Other $2,812 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126
Required annual income after taxes $17,986 $38,243 $47,764 $59,782 $30,455 $37,581 $41,908 $46,680 $29,495 $42,829 $52,286 $62,188
Annual taxes $3,454 $7,261 $9,066 $11,374 $5,798 $7,136 $7,956 $8,891 $5,664 $8,131 $9,922 $11,830
Required annual income before taxes $21,440 $45,505 $56,830 $71,156 $36,252 $44,717 $49,864 $55,571 $35,158 $50,960 $62,208 $74,018

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,308
Business & Financial Operations $60,572
Computer & Mathematical $63,998
Architecture & Engineering $94,797
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,176
Community & Social Service $49,391
Legal $53,000
Education, Training, & Library $47,348
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,435
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $49,269
Healthcare Support $25,473
Protective Service $44,481
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,090
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,568
Personal Care & Service $20,584
Sales & Related $23,328
Office & Administrative Support $30,749
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,142
Construction & Extraction $39,897
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,315
Production $34,073
Transportation & Material Moving $27,963