Living Wage Calculation for Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

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 $10.93 $23.18 $28.72 $36.32 $18.17 $21.73 $24.24 $27.60 $8.74 $12.91 $15.67 $18.86
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 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45

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 $3,075 $4,541 $6,826 $9,053 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035
Child Care $0 $7,184 $12,489 $17,795 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,184 $12,489 $17,795
Medical $2,446 $6,250 $5,962 $6,082 $5,338 $5,962 $6,082 $5,983 $5,338 $5,962 $6,082 $5,983
Housing $6,468 $9,540 $9,540 $13,020 $7,728 $9,540 $9,540 $13,020 $6,468 $9,540 $9,540 $13,020
Transportation $4,289 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115
Other $2,929 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381
Required annual income after taxes $19,207 $40,760 $50,495 $63,885 $31,948 $38,205 $42,620 $48,534 $30,688 $45,389 $55,109 $66,329
Annual taxes $3,529 $7,464 $9,236 $11,670 $5,842 $6,999 $7,803 $8,876 $5,666 $8,307 $10,076 $12,115
Required annual income before taxes $22,736 $48,225 $59,731 $75,555 $37,790 $45,204 $50,422 $57,409 $36,354 $53,696 $65,184 $78,443

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,682
Business & Financial Operations $60,867
Computer & Mathematical $69,223
Architecture & Engineering $71,510
Life, Physical, & Social Science $52,715
Community & Social Service $45,183
Legal $72,303
Education, Training, & Library $51,271
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,625
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,413
Healthcare Support $30,637
Protective Service $40,110
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,824
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,510
Personal Care & Service $24,030
Sales & Related $25,493
Office & Administrative Support $34,306
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,138
Construction & Extraction $48,873
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,857
Production $34,662
Transportation & Material Moving $31,999