Living Wage Calculation for Wilmington, NC

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 $14.07 $30.04 $37.83 $49.24 $23.16 $27.69 $31.33 $33.99 $11.23 $16.42 $20.81 $24.71
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 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

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 $3,177 $4,670 $6,990 $9,294 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345
Child Care $0 $8,587 $17,173 $25,760 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,587 $17,173 $25,760
Medical $2,728 $7,860 $7,548 $7,688 $5,923 $7,548 $7,688 $7,341 $5,923 $7,548 $7,688 $7,341
Housing $7,778 $11,067 $11,067 $15,218 $8,963 $11,067 $11,067 $15,218 $7,778 $11,067 $11,067 $15,218
Transportation $5,113 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611
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 $2,875 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $23,483 $50,138 $63,149 $82,200 $38,664 $46,224 $52,299 $56,732 $37,480 $54,810 $69,472 $82,491
Annual taxes $5,779 $12,339 $15,541 $20,230 $9,515 $11,376 $12,871 $13,962 $9,224 $13,489 $17,098 $20,302
Required annual income before taxes $29,263 $62,477 $78,690 $102,429 $48,179 $57,599 $65,170 $70,694 $46,704 $68,299 $86,570 $102,793

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $99,236
Business & Financial Operations $62,692
Computer & Mathematical $69,189
Architecture & Engineering $82,100
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,664
Community & Social Service $47,439
Legal $50,487
Education, Training, & Library $46,508
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,901
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,391
Healthcare Support $27,244
Protective Service $39,306
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,574
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,239
Personal Care & Service $21,740
Sales & Related $28,318
Office & Administrative Support $35,684
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $38,978
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,766
Production $35,970
Transportation & Material Moving $30,395