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 $11.75 $24.54 $30.44 $39.75 $19.14 $23.14 $25.95 $29.89 $9.33 $13.55 $16.69 $20.40
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 $7,128 $10,632 $10,632 $15,468 $8,016 $10,632 $10,632 $15,468 $7,128 $10,632 $10,632 $15,468
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 $19,883 $41,518 $51,491 $67,175 $32,368 $39,147 $43,900 $50,493 $31,480 $45,834 $56,469 $68,944
Annual taxes $4,556 $9,525 $11,814 $15,512 $7,444 $8,981 $10,072 $11,683 $7,320 $10,516 $12,957 $15,918
Required annual income before taxes $24,439 $51,044 $63,306 $82,686 $39,812 $48,128 $53,972 $62,176 $38,800 $56,350 $69,425 $84,862

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $88,860
Business & Financial Operations $67,844
Computer & Mathematical $77,606
Architecture & Engineering $75,024
Life, Physical, & Social Science $70,025
Community & Social Service $48,607
Legal $70,035
Education, Training, & Library $52,259
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,390
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $77,678
Healthcare Support $36,489
Protective Service $52,907
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,021
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,631
Personal Care & Service $26,397
Sales & Related $28,321
Office & Administrative Support $36,828
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,142
Construction & Extraction $43,597
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,834
Production $31,571
Transportation & Material Moving $31,942