Living Wage Calculation for Rocky Mount, NC

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 $15.41 $30.65 $38.96 $51.52 $23.92 $29.11 $34.54 $37.50 $11.95 $17.05 $22.27 $26.24
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 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

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 $3,351 $4,937 $7,417 $9,838 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999
Child Care $0 $8,394 $16,788 $25,182 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,394 $16,788 $25,182
Medical $2,709 $8,250 $8,037 $8,347 $6,175 $8,037 $8,347 $8,136 $6,175 $8,037 $8,347 $8,136
Housing $7,200 $9,288 $9,288 $12,648 $7,248 $9,288 $9,288 $12,648 $7,200 $9,288 $9,288 $12,648
Transportation $5,509 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304
Civic $2,503 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153
Other $4,508 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655
Required annual income after taxes $25,903 $51,510 $65,478 $86,582 $40,206 $48,917 $58,057 $63,018 $40,158 $57,311 $74,846 $88,200
Annual taxes $6,155 $12,240 $15,559 $20,574 $9,554 $11,624 $13,796 $14,974 $9,542 $13,619 $17,785 $20,958
Required annual income before taxes $32,058 $63,750 $81,037 $107,155 $49,760 $60,541 $71,853 $77,992 $49,700 $70,930 $92,631 $109,158

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,568
Business & Financial Operations $63,911
Computer & Mathematical $70,106
Architecture & Engineering $74,665
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,106
Community & Social Service $47,669
Legal $52,505
Education, Training, & Library $45,282
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $0
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,162
Healthcare Support $24,888
Protective Service $41,719
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,261
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,424
Personal Care & Service $23,508
Sales & Related $26,493
Office & Administrative Support $34,989
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,450
Construction & Extraction $40,457
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,089
Production $36,594
Transportation & Material Moving $31,276