Living Wage Calculation for Lansing-East Lansing, 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 $11.32 $23.23 $28.41 $36.04 $18.26 $21.54 $24.14 $26.90 $8.78 $12.78 $15.56 $18.43
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $7,068 $12,287 $17,506 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,068 $12,287 $17,506
Medical $2,214 $5,536 $5,192 $5,274 $4,749 $5,192 $5,274 $4,993 $4,749 $5,192 $5,274 $4,993
Housing $6,996 $10,272 $10,272 $13,716 $8,280 $10,272 $10,272 $13,716 $6,996 $10,272 $10,272 $13,716
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $19,920 $40,883 $49,994 $63,415 $32,135 $37,899 $42,475 $47,336 $30,851 $44,967 $54,762 $64,842
Annual taxes $3,623 $7,445 $9,104 $11,547 $5,843 $6,902 $7,735 $8,620 $5,664 $8,189 $9,971 $11,806
Required annual income before taxes $23,543 $48,329 $59,097 $74,961 $37,978 $44,801 $50,210 $55,956 $36,515 $53,156 $64,733 $76,648

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $99,724
Business & Financial Operations $64,953
Computer & Mathematical $70,765
Architecture & Engineering $73,985
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,643
Community & Social Service $47,979
Legal $74,242
Education, Training, & Library $41,210
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $54,337
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $69,047
Healthcare Support $31,612
Protective Service $45,305
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,585
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,121
Personal Care & Service $23,012
Sales & Related $24,710
Office & Administrative Support $36,139
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,553
Construction & Extraction $50,695
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,124
Production $37,867
Transportation & Material Moving $31,273