Living Wage Calculation for Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR

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 $18.72 $35.28 $43.26 $57.35 $28.40 $33.44 $37.40 $42.81 $13.84 $19.22 $23.70 $28.91
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 $3,792 $5,574 $8,343 $11,093 $6,952 $8,639 $11,106 $13,540 $6,952 $8,639 $11,106 $13,540
Child Care $0 $8,014 $16,029 $24,043 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,014 $16,029 $24,043
Medical $2,395 $7,586 $7,274 $7,414 $5,665 $7,274 $7,414 $7,067 $5,665 $7,274 $7,414 $7,067
Housing $14,304 $17,940 $17,940 $25,884 $15,468 $17,940 $17,940 $25,884 $14,304 $17,940 $17,940 $25,884
Transportation $4,900 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $12,085 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $12,085
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 $2,794 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $6,055 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $6,055
Required annual income after taxes $29,996 $56,543 $69,322 $91,914 $45,514 $53,590 $59,941 $68,613 $44,350 $61,604 $75,970 $92,656
Annual taxes $8,935 $16,842 $20,648 $27,378 $13,557 $15,962 $17,854 $20,437 $13,210 $18,349 $22,628 $27,598
Required annual income before taxes $38,931 $73,385 $89,971 $119,292 $59,071 $69,552 $77,795 $89,051 $57,560 $79,953 $98,598 $120,255

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $106,049
Business & Financial Operations $72,217
Computer & Mathematical $92,330
Architecture & Engineering $81,363
Life, Physical, & Social Science $69,189
Community & Social Service $52,554
Legal $83,317
Education, Training, & Library $55,725
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $54,058
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $91,696
Healthcare Support $34,804
Protective Service $46,917
Food Preparation & Serving Related $28,400
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $32,553
Personal Care & Service $32,021
Sales & Related $34,620
Office & Administrative Support $42,027
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,006
Construction & Extraction $58,866
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,500
Production $39,653
Transportation & Material Moving $36,738