Living Wage Calculation for Portland-South Portland, ME

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 $16.22 $33.31 $41.69 $53.98 $25.34 $30.65 $34.41 $37.66 $12.40 $18.13 $22.81 $27.25
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 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00

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 $3,690 $5,424 $8,118 $10,793 $6,764 $8,406 $10,806 $13,174 $6,764 $8,406 $10,806 $13,174
Child Care $0 $9,112 $18,224 $27,336 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,112 $18,224 $27,336
Medical $2,634 $7,810 $7,498 $7,638 $5,992 $7,498 $7,638 $7,291 $5,992 $7,498 $7,638 $7,291
Housing $10,914 $15,135 $15,135 $19,607 $11,788 $15,135 $15,135 $19,607 $10,914 $15,135 $15,135 $19,607
Transportation $4,332 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $10,684 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $10,684
Civic $1,702 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,743 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,743
Other $3,078 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $6,684 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $6,684
Required annual income after taxes $26,350 $54,104 $67,719 $87,692 $41,168 $49,782 $55,896 $61,184 $40,294 $58,894 $74,120 $88,521
Annual taxes $7,389 $15,171 $18,989 $24,590 $11,544 $13,959 $15,674 $17,157 $11,299 $16,514 $20,784 $24,822
Required annual income before taxes $33,739 $69,276 $86,708 $112,281 $52,712 $63,742 $71,570 $78,341 $51,593 $75,409 $94,904 $113,343

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $100,126
Business & Financial Operations $66,191
Computer & Mathematical $81,087
Architecture & Engineering $80,279
Life, Physical, & Social Science $67,358
Community & Social Service $49,147
Legal $66,682
Education, Training, & Library $50,835
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,296
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $72,790
Healthcare Support $30,569
Protective Service $43,602
Food Preparation & Serving Related $27,244
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,919
Personal Care & Service $28,952
Sales & Related $31,837
Office & Administrative Support $39,244
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $37,392
Construction & Extraction $46,139
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,244
Production $38,518
Transportation & Material Moving $34,446