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 $15.43 $37.50 $49.28 $64.79 $25.56 $31.00 $34.65 $38.10 $12.14 $20.20 $26.57 $32.65
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 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00

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 $3,690 $5,424 $8,118 $10,793 $6,764 $8,406 $10,806 $13,174 $6,764 $8,406 $10,806 $13,174
Child Care $0 $15,020 $30,040 $45,061 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $15,020 $30,040 $45,061
Medical $2,864 $7,618 $7,306 $7,446 $5,889 $7,306 $7,446 $7,099 $5,889 $7,306 $7,446 $7,099
Housing $11,388 $17,472 $17,472 $21,768 $13,536 $17,472 $17,472 $21,768 $11,388 $17,472 $17,472 $21,768
Transportation $4,332 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $10,684 $7,945 $9,889 $11,773 $10,684
Civic $1,702 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,743 $3,655 $3,341 $3,879 $3,743
Other $3,078 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $6,684 $5,023 $5,514 $6,665 $6,684
Required annual income after taxes $27,054 $62,157 $81,679 $107,385 $42,813 $51,927 $58,041 $63,153 $40,665 $66,947 $88,081 $108,214
Annual taxes $5,039 $15,851 $20,830 $27,385 $10,354 $12,559 $14,037 $16,105 $9,835 $17,073 $22,462 $27,597
Required annual income before taxes $32,093 $78,008 $102,509 $134,770 $53,167 $64,485 $72,078 $79,258 $50,500 $84,020 $110,543 $135,810

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $137,037
Business & Financial Operations $80,013
Computer & Mathematical $94,581
Architecture & Engineering $85,957
Life, Physical, & Social Science $92,044
Community & Social Service $55,204
Legal $96,238
Education, Training, & Library $59,081
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $65,833
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $81,199
Healthcare Support $30,876
Protective Service $50,160
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,653
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $33,576
Personal Care & Service $26,875
Sales & Related $35,326
Office & Administrative Support $45,096
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $42,170
Construction & Extraction $67,122
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $53,424
Production $37,352
Transportation & Material Moving $36,727