Living Wage Calculation for Dover, DE

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 $15.80 $31.03 $37.99 $49.36 $24.43 $29.57 $33.25 $36.68 $12.17 $16.93 $20.91 $24.77
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 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25

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 $3,177 $4,670 $6,990 $9,294 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345
Child Care $0 $7,082 $14,164 $21,246 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,082 $14,164 $21,246
Medical $2,913 $9,047 $8,735 $8,875 $6,413 $8,735 $8,875 $8,528 $6,413 $8,735 $8,875 $8,528
Housing $10,560 $12,528 $12,528 $17,916 $10,716 $12,528 $12,528 $17,916 $10,560 $12,528 $12,528 $17,916
Transportation $5,113 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611
Civic $1,811 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982
Other $2,875 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $26,449 $51,281 $62,788 $81,570 $40,907 $48,872 $54,947 $60,616 $40,751 $55,954 $69,111 $81,862
Annual taxes $6,407 $13,264 $16,240 $21,098 $9,909 $12,641 $14,212 $15,679 $9,871 $14,473 $17,876 $21,174
Required annual income before taxes $32,856 $64,545 $79,028 $102,668 $50,817 $61,513 $69,160 $76,294 $50,623 $70,426 $86,987 $103,036

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $105,753
Business & Financial Operations $62,232
Computer & Mathematical $72,596
Architecture & Engineering $70,161
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,421
Community & Social Service $45,270
Legal $65,577
Education, Training, & Library $55,408
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,459
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,726
Healthcare Support $29,300
Protective Service $39,930
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,313
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,165
Personal Care & Service $26,313
Sales & Related $25,904
Office & Administrative Support $36,533
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $38,364
Construction & Extraction $44,728
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,493
Production $33,853
Transportation & Material Moving $32,901