Living Wage Calculation for Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

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 $19.81 $36.27 $45.47 $61.97 $28.38 $33.64 $38.96 $45.02 $13.90 $19.81 $25.47 $31.50
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 $14.49 $14.49 $14.49 $14.49 $14.49 $14.49 $14.49 $14.49 $14.49 $14.49 $14.49 $14.49

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 $10,724 $21,447 $32,171 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,724 $21,447 $32,171
Medical $2,178 $6,521 $6,308 $6,618 $5,449 $6,308 $6,618 $6,407 $5,449 $6,308 $6,618 $6,407
Housing $16,884 $21,662 $21,662 $30,689 $17,902 $21,662 $21,662 $30,689 $16,884 $21,662 $21,662 $30,689
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 $35,451 $64,910 $81,382 $110,908 $50,793 $60,206 $69,732 $80,582 $49,775 $70,930 $91,179 $112,753
Annual taxes $5,747 $10,523 $13,193 $17,980 $8,234 $9,760 $11,305 $13,064 $8,069 $11,499 $14,781 $18,279
Required annual income before taxes $41,198 $75,433 $94,575 $128,888 $59,027 $69,967 $81,036 $93,646 $57,844 $82,429 $105,960 $131,032

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $146,237
Business & Financial Operations $89,709
Computer & Mathematical $138,907
Architecture & Engineering $107,257
Life, Physical, & Social Science $83,599
Community & Social Service $56,079
Legal $100,719
Education, Training, & Library $62,948
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $68,052
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $94,749
Healthcare Support $39,997
Protective Service $57,042
Food Preparation & Serving Related $36,712
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $40,724
Personal Care & Service $39,986
Sales & Related $44,555
Office & Administrative Support $50,076
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $39,237
Construction & Extraction $72,225
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $65,142
Production $49,263
Transportation & Material Moving $45,240