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 $18.86 $37.07 $46.37 $61.42 $28.28 $34.59 $40.61 $44.28 $13.82 $20.28 $26.27 $31.09
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
Minimum Wage $12.75 $12.75 $12.75 $12.75 $12.75 $12.75 $12.75 $12.75 $12.75 $12.75 $12.75 $12.75

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 $3,891 $5,734 $8,613 $11,425 $7,133 $8,878 $11,446 $13,934 $7,133 $8,878 $11,446 $13,934
Child Care $0 $9,795 $19,591 $29,387 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,795 $19,591 $29,387
Medical $2,603 $8,160 $7,947 $8,257 $5,777 $7,947 $8,257 $8,045 $5,777 $7,947 $8,257 $8,045
Housing $11,769 $16,470 $16,470 $21,269 $12,826 $16,470 $16,470 $21,269 $11,769 $16,470 $16,470 $21,269
Transportation $4,244 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $12,560 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $12,560
Civic $3,207 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $6,603 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $6,603
Other $5,275 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $10,128 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $10,128
Required annual income after taxes $31,113 $60,830 $76,094 $100,803 $46,406 $56,767 $66,638 $72,663 $45,350 $66,563 $86,229 $102,049
Annual taxes $8,122 $16,267 $20,350 $26,957 $12,410 $15,181 $17,821 $19,432 $12,128 $17,801 $23,060 $27,291
Required annual income before taxes $39,235 $77,097 $96,443 $127,760 $58,816 $71,948 $84,459 $92,094 $57,478 $84,363 $109,289 $129,340

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $109,900
Business & Financial Operations $71,080
Computer & Mathematical $85,814
Architecture & Engineering $87,280
Life, Physical, & Social Science $71,530
Community & Social Service $53,960
Legal $66,886
Education, Training, & Library $53,992
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $51,510
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $75,831
Healthcare Support $33,855
Protective Service $47,166
Food Preparation & Serving Related $30,698
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $34,946
Personal Care & Service $32,485
Sales & Related $36,872
Office & Administrative Support $42,458
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $40,243
Construction & Extraction $50,408
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $52,259
Production $41,238
Transportation & Material Moving $38,499