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 $15.05 $29.75 $34.53 $44.83 $22.54 $27.34 $29.95 $35.96 $10.77 $16.06 $18.63 $22.90
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 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50

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 $3,573 $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 $8,712 $13,336 $17,959 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,712 $13,336 $17,959
Medical $1,955 $7,170 $6,827 $6,909 $5,397 $6,827 $6,909 $6,628 $5,397 $6,827 $6,909 $6,628
Housing $14,754 $20,546 $20,546 $29,769 $16,588 $20,546 $20,546 $29,769 $14,754 $20,546 $20,546 $29,769
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 $27,464 $54,309 $63,024 $81,835 $41,150 $49,912 $54,665 $65,646 $39,316 $58,624 $68,001 $83,605
Annual taxes $3,831 $7,576 $8,792 $11,416 $5,740 $6,963 $7,626 $9,158 $5,485 $8,178 $9,486 $11,663
Required annual income before taxes $31,295 $61,885 $71,816 $93,251 $46,891 $56,875 $62,291 $74,803 $44,800 $66,802 $77,487 $95,267

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $127,910
Business & Financial Operations $78,686
Computer & Mathematical $115,679
Architecture & Engineering $99,405
Life, Physical, & Social Science $72,062
Community & Social Service $49,636
Legal $94,426
Education, Training, & Library $55,417
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $57,423
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $81,680
Healthcare Support $37,476
Protective Service $51,374
Food Preparation & Serving Related $28,763
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $32,826
Personal Care & Service $29,864
Sales & Related $37,528
Office & Administrative Support $42,568
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,666
Construction & Extraction $59,665
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $55,242
Production $43,597
Transportation & Material Moving $38,104