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 $14.59 $27.46 $33.35 $44.00 $22.19 $26.06 $28.87 $34.14 $10.75 $15.01 $18.15 $22.52
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 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75 $10.75

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 $3,573 $5,267 $7,929 $10,517 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820
Child Care $0 $6,687 $12,569 $18,451 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,687 $12,569 $18,451
Medical $2,000 $6,318 $5,975 $6,057 $5,187 $5,975 $6,057 $5,776 $5,187 $5,975 $6,057 $5,776
Housing $12,312 $15,960 $15,960 $23,220 $13,584 $15,960 $15,960 $23,220 $12,312 $15,960 $15,960 $23,220
Transportation $4,206 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307
Other $2,976 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121
Required annual income after taxes $25,067 $46,846 $56,819 $74,927 $37,936 $44,475 $49,228 $58,245 $36,664 $51,162 $61,797 $76,696
Annual taxes $5,280 $10,269 $12,558 $16,593 $8,221 $9,724 $10,815 $12,765 $8,044 $11,259 $13,700 $16,999
Required annual income before taxes $30,347 $57,115 $69,377 $91,520 $46,157 $54,199 $60,043 $71,010 $44,707 $62,421 $75,496 $93,695

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,797
Business & Financial Operations $69,881
Computer & Mathematical $90,434
Architecture & Engineering $84,900
Life, Physical, & Social Science $64,552
Community & Social Service $48,267
Legal $79,715
Education, Training, & Library $53,411
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $52,125
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $86,381
Healthcare Support $37,209
Protective Service $42,939
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,039
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,884
Personal Care & Service $26,839
Sales & Related $31,242
Office & Administrative Support $39,071
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,180
Construction & Extraction $54,440
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,347
Production $37,425
Transportation & Material Moving $36,694