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 $13.37 $27.04 $32.12 $39.91 $20.82 $25.60 $28.29 $32.40 $10.19 $14.92 $17.47 $20.74
Poverty Wage $6.00 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $14.50 $4.06 $5.13 $6.19 $7.25
Minimum Wage $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00

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 $3,495 $5,163 $7,760 $10,292 $6,408 $7,987 $10,303 $12,545 $6,408 $7,987 $10,303 $12,545
Child Care $0 $7,231 $11,352 $15,474 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,231 $11,352 $15,474
Medical $2,474 $7,363 $7,075 $7,195 $5,860 $7,075 $7,195 $7,096 $5,860 $7,075 $7,195 $7,096
Housing $10,693 $14,664 $14,664 $19,087 $11,490 $14,664 $14,664 $19,087 $10,693 $14,664 $14,664 $19,087
Transportation $3,899 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $11,013 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $11,013
Other $2,890 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $6,296 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $6,296
Required annual income after taxes $23,452 $46,840 $55,497 $68,847 $36,178 $44,372 $48,961 $56,037 $35,380 $51,603 $60,313 $71,511
Annual taxes $4,365 $9,411 $11,307 $14,168 $7,132 $8,871 $9,876 $11,363 $7,021 $10,454 $12,362 $14,752
Required annual income before taxes $27,817 $56,252 $66,804 $83,015 $43,310 $53,242 $58,837 $67,400 $42,401 $62,057 $72,675 $86,262

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $97,766
Business & Financial Operations $64,689
Computer & Mathematical $78,747
Architecture & Engineering $74,813
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,767
Community & Social Service $44,593
Legal $64,547
Education, Training, & Library $50,540
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $46,779
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $69,467
Healthcare Support $33,127
Protective Service $38,921
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,310
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,488
Personal Care & Service $25,666
Sales & Related $30,301
Office & Administrative Support $37,203
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,876
Construction & Extraction $41,554
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,646
Production $36,766
Transportation & Material Moving $34,591