Living Wage Calculation for Salem, 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 $17.51 $33.70 $41.63 $55.57 $26.54 $33.10 $39.02 $43.67 $13.13 $18.72 $23.86 $28.36
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 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50

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 $3,999 $5,893 $8,853 $11,742 $7,332 $9,124 $11,764 $14,321 $7,332 $9,124 $11,764 $14,321
Child Care $0 $6,995 $13,989 $20,984 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,995 $13,989 $20,984
Medical $2,183 $8,073 $7,860 $8,169 $5,204 $7,860 $8,169 $7,958 $5,204 $7,860 $8,169 $7,958
Housing $9,576 $13,116 $13,116 $18,768 $10,032 $13,116 $13,116 $18,768 $9,576 $13,116 $13,116 $18,768
Transportation $4,938 $8,762 $11,391 $13,456 $8,762 $11,391 $13,456 $14,613 $8,762 $11,391 $13,456 $14,613
Civic $2,581 $4,144 $5,120 $6,686 $4,144 $5,120 $6,686 $5,314 $4,144 $5,120 $6,686 $5,314
Other $4,748 $7,080 $6,477 $9,424 $7,080 $6,477 $9,424 $9,115 $7,080 $6,477 $9,424 $9,115
Required annual income after taxes $28,148 $54,187 $66,929 $89,352 $42,677 $53,212 $62,737 $70,213 $42,221 $60,207 $76,726 $91,197
Annual taxes $8,266 $15,913 $19,654 $26,239 $12,533 $15,626 $18,423 $20,619 $12,399 $17,680 $22,531 $26,781
Required annual income before taxes $36,414 $70,099 $86,584 $115,591 $55,210 $68,838 $81,161 $90,832 $54,620 $77,887 $99,258 $117,978

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $104,025
Business & Financial Operations $75,927
Computer & Mathematical $90,372
Architecture & Engineering $81,598
Life, Physical, & Social Science $79,480
Community & Social Service $55,736
Legal $100,687
Education, Training, & Library $53,596
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,444
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $92,138
Healthcare Support $36,166
Protective Service $59,353
Food Preparation & Serving Related $27,884
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $32,079
Personal Care & Service $32,699
Sales & Related $33,737
Office & Administrative Support $42,372
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,073
Construction & Extraction $55,950
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,204
Production $36,262
Transportation & Material Moving $36,904