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 $18.56 $35.19 $43.42 $58.29 $26.93 $32.44 $35.99 $41.98 $13.08 $19.01 $23.57 $29.35
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
Minimum Wage $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50

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 $3,792 $5,574 $8,343 $11,093 $6,952 $8,639 $11,106 $13,540 $6,952 $8,639 $11,106 $13,540
Child Care $0 $9,975 $19,951 $29,927 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,975 $19,951 $29,927
Medical $2,206 $6,692 $6,380 $6,520 $4,737 $6,380 $6,520 $6,173 $4,737 $6,380 $6,520 $6,173
Housing $17,713 $23,310 $23,310 $33,301 $19,081 $23,310 $23,310 $33,301 $17,713 $23,310 $23,310 $33,301
Transportation $4,900 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $12,085 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $12,085
Civic $1,811 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982
Other $2,794 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $6,055 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $6,055
Required annual income after taxes $33,217 $62,980 $77,720 $104,321 $48,199 $58,065 $64,416 $75,136 $46,831 $68,040 $84,368 $105,063
Annual taxes $5,385 $10,210 $12,600 $16,912 $7,814 $9,413 $10,443 $12,181 $7,592 $11,030 $13,677 $17,032
Required annual income before taxes $38,601 $73,190 $90,320 $121,233 $56,013 $67,478 $74,859 $87,317 $54,424 $79,071 $98,045 $122,095

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $131,462
Business & Financial Operations $81,639
Computer & Mathematical $126,183
Architecture & Engineering $101,711
Life, Physical, & Social Science $78,007
Community & Social Service $52,626
Legal $90,867
Education, Training, & Library $56,165
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $60,933
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $86,591
Healthcare Support $35,868
Protective Service $53,311
Food Preparation & Serving Related $33,587
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $36,359
Personal Care & Service $36,973
Sales & Related $39,858
Office & Administrative Support $45,638
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,773
Construction & Extraction $64,831
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $58,385
Production $46,467
Transportation & Material Moving $41,260