Living Wage Calculation for Trenton, NJ

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 $13.14 $28.72 $34.28 $42.68 $20.81 $26.28 $28.92 $33.12 $9.80 $15.73 $18.52 $22.11
Poverty Wage $6.00 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $14.50 $4.06 $5.13 $6.19 $7.25
Minimum Wage $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00

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 $3,495 $5,163 $7,760 $10,292 $6,408 $7,987 $10,303 $12,545 $6,408 $7,987 $10,303 $12,545
Child Care $0 $9,009 $14,147 $19,286 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,009 $14,147 $19,286
Medical $2,613 $8,255 $7,967 $8,088 $5,574 $7,967 $8,088 $7,989 $5,574 $7,967 $8,088 $7,989
Housing $10,764 $16,332 $16,332 $20,988 $12,984 $16,332 $16,332 $20,988 $10,764 $16,332 $16,332 $20,988
Transportation $3,899 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $11,013 $7,602 $9,644 $10,506 $11,013
Other $2,890 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $6,296 $4,818 $5,003 $6,293 $6,296
Required annual income after taxes $23,663 $51,179 $60,853 $75,453 $37,386 $46,932 $51,522 $58,831 $35,166 $55,941 $65,669 $78,117
Annual taxes $3,673 $8,559 $10,443 $13,326 $5,894 $7,732 $8,625 $10,069 $5,584 $9,486 $11,381 $13,867
Required annual income before taxes $27,336 $59,738 $71,295 $88,779 $43,280 $54,664 $60,147 $68,900 $40,750 $65,427 $77,049 $91,984

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $131,797
Business & Financial Operations $76,592
Computer & Mathematical $90,396
Architecture & Engineering $83,880
Life, Physical, & Social Science $89,166
Community & Social Service $55,215
Legal $89,888
Education, Training, & Library $59,353
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $61,101
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $79,672
Healthcare Support $30,118
Protective Service $46,138
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,749
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,789
Personal Care & Service $26,703
Sales & Related $31,907
Office & Administrative Support $42,174
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $41,605
Construction & Extraction $62,016
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $52,166
Production $36,156
Transportation & Material Moving $36,776