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 $12.24 $24.59 $28.56 $35.57 $19.18 $22.93 $25.50 $28.83 $9.48 $13.43 $15.62 $18.19
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 $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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,846 $9,976 $13,107
Medical $2,165 $6,969 $6,625 $6,707 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426 $5,634 $6,625 $6,707 $6,426
Housing $8,687 $11,425 $11,425 $15,879 $9,105 $11,425 $11,425 $15,879 $8,687 $11,425 $11,425 $15,879
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $21,293 $42,772 $49,674 $61,899 $33,348 $39,886 $44,348 $50,183 $32,930 $46,732 $54,324 $63,290
Annual taxes $4,158 $8,373 $9,736 $12,094 $6,548 $7,803 $8,685 $9,781 $6,490 $9,155 $10,655 $12,369
Required annual income before taxes $25,450 $51,146 $59,410 $73,994 $39,897 $47,689 $53,033 $59,964 $39,420 $55,887 $64,979 $75,660

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $102,337
Business & Financial Operations $62,474
Computer & Mathematical $64,696
Architecture & Engineering $75,693
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,271
Community & Social Service $45,047
Legal $51,107
Education, Training, & Library $42,496
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,616
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,264
Healthcare Support $25,142
Protective Service $38,351
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,587
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,411
Personal Care & Service $23,352
Sales & Related $26,736
Office & Administrative Support $33,351
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $22,848
Construction & Extraction $37,918
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,177
Production $36,087
Transportation & Material Moving $27,683