Living Wage Calculation for Fayetteville, NC

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support themsleves and/or their family, working full-time, or 2080 hours per year. The tables below provide living wage estimates for individuals and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In households with two working adults, all hourly values reflect what one working adult requires to earn to meet their families’ basic needs, assuming the other adult also earns the same.

The poverty wage and state minimum wage are for reference purposes. Poverty wage estimates come from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Poverty Guidelines for 2024 and have been converted from an annual value to an hourly wage for ease of comparison. The state minimum wage data is sourced from the Labor Law Center and includes the minimum wage in a given state as of January of that year.

For further detail, please reference the Methodology page. The data on this page was last updated on February 14, 2024.

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 $20.71 $34.30 $41.88 $54.21 $28.02 $33.45 $37.72 $40.91 $14.01 $19.25 $23.52 $26.87
Poverty Wage $7.24 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $17.59 $4.91 $6.21 $7.50 $8.79
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

The table below shows the costs of each basic need that go into estimating the living wage. Like with the living wage, their values vary by location and family size.

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 $4,025 $5,933 $8,899 $11,828 $7,378 $9,185 $11,829 $14,422 $7,378 $9,185 $11,829 $14,422
Child Care $0 $8,874 $16,428 $22,256 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,874 $16,428 $22,256
Medical $3,031 $9,321 $9,206 $9,678 $7,027 $9,206 $9,678 $9,265 $7,027 $9,206 $9,678 $9,265
Housing $12,258 $14,761 $14,761 $20,329 $12,283 $14,761 $14,761 $20,329 $12,283 $14,761 $14,761 $20,329
Transportation $9,514 $11,011 $13,870 $15,959 $11,011 $13,870 $15,959 $15,941 $11,011 $13,870 $15,959 $15,941
Civic $2,165 $3,810 $4,795 $5,553 $3,810 $4,795 $5,553 $5,191 $3,810 $4,795 $5,553 $5,191
Internet & Mobile $1,593 $1,593 $1,593 $1,593 $2,172 $2,172 $2,172 $2,172 $2,172 $2,172 $2,172 $2,172
Other $3,903 $6,966 $7,407 $10,238 $6,966 $7,407 $10,238 $9,841 $6,966 $7,407 $10,238 $9,841
Required annual income after taxes $36,488 $62,267 $76,959 $97,433 $50,647 $61,396 $70,190 $77,161 $50,647 $70,269 $86,618 $99,417
Annual taxes $6,595 $9,087 $10,143 $15,313 $7,630 $8,184 $8,275 $7,927 $7,630 $9,805 $11,208 $12,356
Required annual income before taxes $43,083 $71,354 $87,102 $112,747 $58,276 $69,580 $78,464 $85,088 $58,276 $80,075 $97,826 $111,774

Typical Annual Salaries

The average annual salaries for various occupations in the table below comes from the latest state-level data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. When available, this data is specific to a given metro area.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,560
Business & Financial Operations $78,630
Computer & Mathematical $86,450
Architecture & Engineering $78,890
Life, Physical, & Social Science $77,330
Community & Social Service $48,780
Legal $74,420
Education, Training, & Library $45,500
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $56,400
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $91,070
Healthcare Support $31,830
Protective Service $44,760
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,810
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,220
Personal Care & Service $32,100
Sales & Related $36,070
Office & Administrative Support $39,320
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,660
Construction & Extraction $44,780
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,500
Production $39,820
Transportation & Material Moving $35,720