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 $12.70 $25.73 $30.38 $38.14 $19.90 $23.97 $26.62 $30.23 $9.65 $14.07 $16.58 $19.58
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 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00

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 $3,477 $5,124 $7,715 $10,233 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474
Child Care $0 $7,114 $11,168 $15,223 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,114 $11,168 $15,223
Medical $2,338 $6,832 $6,488 $6,570 $5,595 $6,488 $6,570 $6,290 $5,595 $6,488 $6,570 $6,290
Housing $9,800 $13,788 $13,788 $18,307 $10,902 $13,788 $13,788 $18,307 $9,800 $13,788 $13,788 $18,307
Transportation $3,893 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540
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 $22,293 $44,585 $52,531 $65,838 $34,598 $41,581 $46,108 $52,339 $33,496 $48,695 $57,276 $67,562
Annual taxes $4,127 $8,924 $10,664 $13,501 $6,788 $8,266 $9,258 $10,545 $6,635 $9,824 $11,703 $13,879
Required annual income before taxes $26,421 $53,509 $63,195 $79,339 $41,386 $49,847 $55,366 $62,884 $40,130 $58,519 $68,979 $81,441

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,743
Business & Financial Operations $64,542
Computer & Mathematical $77,997
Architecture & Engineering $74,993
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,591
Community & Social Service $43,175
Legal $64,768
Education, Training, & Library $51,405
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,457
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,360
Healthcare Support $31,304
Protective Service $36,540
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,866
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,814
Personal Care & Service $24,998
Sales & Related $30,038
Office & Administrative Support $36,962
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,855
Construction & Extraction $40,110
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,778
Production $37,075
Transportation & Material Moving $33,207