Living Wage Calculation for New Bern, NC

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 $14.27 $29.56 $37.10 $48.08 $22.77 $27.47 $31.11 $33.60 $11.33 $16.18 $20.44 $24.13
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 $3,177 $4,670 $6,990 $9,294 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345
Child Care $0 $8,158 $16,316 $24,473 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,158 $16,316 $24,473
Medical $2,728 $7,860 $7,548 $7,688 $5,923 $7,548 $7,688 $7,341 $5,923 $7,548 $7,688 $7,341
Housing $8,120 $10,701 $10,701 $14,564 $8,305 $10,701 $10,701 $14,564 $8,120 $10,701 $10,701 $14,564
Transportation $5,113 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611
Civic $1,811 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982
Other $2,875 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $23,825 $49,343 $61,926 $80,258 $38,007 $45,858 $51,934 $56,078 $37,821 $54,016 $68,249 $80,550
Annual taxes $5,863 $12,144 $15,240 $19,752 $9,354 $11,286 $12,781 $13,801 $9,308 $13,294 $16,797 $19,824
Required annual income before taxes $29,688 $61,487 $77,166 $100,011 $47,360 $57,144 $64,715 $69,879 $47,129 $67,309 $85,046 $100,374

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $92,719
Business & Financial Operations $70,631
Computer & Mathematical $70,468
Architecture & Engineering $79,348
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,843
Community & Social Service $44,861
Legal $54,078
Education, Training, & Library $41,659
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $31,489
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,010
Healthcare Support $25,106
Protective Service $41,679
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,481
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,497
Personal Care & Service $20,175
Sales & Related $24,604
Office & Administrative Support $35,039
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $45,301
Construction & Extraction $40,912
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $53,188
Production $37,188
Transportation & Material Moving $30,170