Living Wage Calculation for Muncie, IN

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 $18.81 $32.52 $39.83 $50.56 $26.72 $31.64 $36.01 $37.94 $13.36 $18.41 $22.61 $25.13
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 $3,785 $5,580 $8,369 $11,124 $6,940 $8,638 $11,125 $13,565 $6,940 $8,638 $11,125 $13,565
Child Care $0 $9,248 $16,584 $21,817 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,248 $16,584 $21,817
Medical $3,339 $8,639 $8,499 $9,078 $6,772 $8,499 $9,078 $8,572 $6,772 $8,499 $9,078 $8,572
Housing $8,540 $11,483 $11,483 $15,439 $9,457 $11,483 $11,483 $15,439 $9,457 $11,483 $11,483 $15,439
Transportation $9,306 $10,770 $13,566 $15,610 $10,770 $13,566 $15,610 $15,592 $10,770 $13,566 $15,610 $15,592
Civic $2,889 $5,083 $6,398 $7,409 $5,083 $6,398 $7,409 $6,926 $5,083 $6,398 $7,409 $6,926
Internet & Mobile $1,526 $1,526 $1,526 $1,526 $2,096 $2,096 $2,096 $2,096 $2,096 $2,096 $2,096 $2,096
Other $4,086 $7,294 $7,756 $10,720 $7,294 $7,756 $10,720 $10,305 $7,294 $7,756 $10,720 $10,305
Required annual income after taxes $33,471 $59,623 $74,181 $92,724 $48,411 $58,436 $67,521 $72,494 $48,411 $67,684 $84,105 $94,311
Annual taxes $5,651 $8,028 $8,673 $12,432 $7,170 $7,378 $7,371 $6,423 $7,170 $8,894 $9,965 $10,214
Required annual income before taxes $39,122 $67,651 $82,854 $105,156 $55,581 $65,814 $74,892 $78,916 $55,581 $76,578 $94,070 $104,526

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 $104,170
Business & Financial Operations $67,620
Computer & Mathematical $76,530
Architecture & Engineering $75,270
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,270
Community & Social Service $44,620
Legal $69,920
Education, Training, & Library $56,030
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $52,230
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $89,030
Healthcare Support $33,770
Protective Service $52,670
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,130
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $33,700
Personal Care & Service $29,940
Sales & Related $37,610
Office & Administrative Support $38,970
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,340
Construction & Extraction $51,390
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,370
Production $43,110
Transportation & Material Moving $38,870