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 $11.95 $25.29 $29.65 $36.65 $19.20 $23.92 $26.42 $30.37 $9.34 $13.97 $16.13 $19.02
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 $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 $3,010 $4,446 $6,682 $8,863 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802
Child Care $0 $6,959 $10,141 $13,323 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,959 $10,141 $13,323
Medical $2,305 $7,945 $7,657 $7,778 $5,495 $7,657 $7,778 $7,679 $5,495 $7,657 $7,778 $7,679
Housing $8,311 $11,515 $11,515 $16,028 $9,241 $11,515 $11,515 $16,028 $8,311 $11,515 $11,515 $16,028
Transportation $4,322 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206
Other $2,812 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126
Required annual income after taxes $20,760 $43,978 $51,552 $63,758 $33,367 $41,606 $45,932 $52,841 $32,437 $48,565 $56,073 $66,164
Annual taxes $4,103 $8,627 $10,122 $12,478 $6,563 $8,158 $9,012 $10,322 $6,433 $9,532 $11,015 $12,954
Required annual income before taxes $24,863 $52,605 $61,674 $76,237 $39,929 $49,764 $54,944 $63,164 $38,870 $58,097 $67,088 $79,118

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $97,511
Business & Financial Operations $62,473
Computer & Mathematical $67,698
Architecture & Engineering $76,480
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,523
Community & Social Service $45,457
Legal $50,499
Education, Training, & Library $43,109
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,639
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,847
Healthcare Support $26,053
Protective Service $39,704
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,269
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,131
Personal Care & Service $22,912
Sales & Related $26,479
Office & Administrative Support $33,910
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,237
Construction & Extraction $37,742
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,967
Production $36,797
Transportation & Material Moving $29,509