Living Wage Calculation for Worcester, MA

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 $18.12 $37.82 $49.63 $66.51 $26.74 $32.65 $38.51 $41.56 $13.19 $20.61 $27.82 $33.63
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
Minimum Wage $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25

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 $3,891 $5,734 $8,613 $11,425 $7,133 $8,878 $11,446 $13,934 $7,133 $8,878 $11,446 $13,934
Child Care $0 $14,439 $28,879 $43,318 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $14,439 $28,879 $43,318
Medical $2,612 $7,680 $7,467 $7,777 $5,465 $7,467 $7,777 $7,566 $5,465 $7,467 $7,777 $7,566
Housing $11,192 $15,233 $15,233 $19,146 $11,803 $15,233 $15,233 $19,146 $11,192 $15,233 $15,233 $19,146
Transportation $4,244 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $12,560 $7,531 $9,791 $11,565 $12,560
Civic $3,207 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $6,603 $5,149 $6,361 $8,307 $6,603
Other $5,275 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $10,128 $7,867 $7,197 $10,471 $10,128
Required annual income after taxes $30,544 $63,756 $83,665 $112,131 $45,072 $55,050 $64,921 $70,060 $44,461 $69,489 $93,800 $113,378
Annual taxes $7,141 $14,907 $19,561 $26,217 $10,538 $12,871 $15,179 $16,380 $10,395 $16,247 $21,931 $26,508
Required annual income before taxes $37,685 $78,663 $103,226 $138,348 $55,610 $67,921 $80,100 $86,440 $54,856 $85,736 $115,731 $139,886

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $111,066
Business & Financial Operations $76,954
Computer & Mathematical $100,494
Architecture & Engineering $85,579
Life, Physical, & Social Science $75,959
Community & Social Service $48,728
Legal $78,987
Education, Training, & Library $69,079
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $51,981
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $87,612
Healthcare Support $36,273
Protective Service $60,048
Food Preparation & Serving Related $31,405
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $36,904
Personal Care & Service $34,871
Sales & Related $34,497
Office & Administrative Support $46,566
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,995
Construction & Extraction $59,299
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $55,522
Production $42,961
Transportation & Material Moving $38,081