Living Wage Calculation for Fargo, ND

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 $12.74 $27.77 $34.79 $45.61 $21.82 $26.01 $29.54 $32.26 $10.49 $15.23 $19.24 $22.89
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 $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 $3,246 $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 $7,778 $15,556 $23,335 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,778 $15,556 $23,335
Medical $2,632 $7,567 $7,254 $7,394 $5,697 $7,254 $7,394 $7,048 $5,697 $7,254 $7,394 $7,048
Housing $6,660 $10,008 $10,008 $14,436 $8,112 $10,008 $10,008 $14,436 $6,660 $10,008 $10,008 $14,436
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 $22,477 $48,387 $60,622 $79,235 $38,022 $45,318 $51,484 $56,216 $36,570 $53,097 $67,040 $79,550
Annual taxes $4,020 $9,368 $11,737 $15,623 $7,361 $8,774 $9,967 $10,884 $7,080 $10,280 $12,979 $15,685
Required annual income before taxes $26,497 $57,754 $72,358 $94,858 $45,383 $54,092 $61,451 $67,099 $43,650 $63,376 $80,020 $95,236

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,663
Business & Financial Operations $62,273
Computer & Mathematical $66,263
Architecture & Engineering $69,219
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,600
Community & Social Service $51,439
Legal $76,637
Education, Training, & Library $52,615
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,111
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,938
Healthcare Support $32,748
Protective Service $48,830
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,187
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,487
Personal Care & Service $26,231
Sales & Related $33,658
Office & Administrative Support $38,712
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,009
Construction & Extraction $51,531
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,393
Production $37,750
Transportation & Material Moving $37,147