Estimated livable wage 2014-2018 in Maine
Why This Indicator Matters
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Families are not able to pay for housing, food, transportation, child care, health care and other essential expenses with one person working full time at minimum wage. The living wage calculates what hourly wage is sufficient for a family to meet these basic needs and achieve financial independence.
In a statewide referendum, voters approved raising the state minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020 through incremental annual wage raises. In 2018 the minimum wage was $10 per hour.
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Estimated livable wage 2014-2018
The living wage is defined as the wage needed to cover basic family expenses (basic needs budget) plus all relevant taxes. To convert values from annual to hourly, a work-year of 2,080 hours (40 hours per week for 52 weeks) per adult is assumed.
The basic needs budget and living wage are calculated as follows:
Basic needs budget = Food cost + child care cost + (insurance premiums + health care costs) + housing cost + transportation cost + other necessities cost
Living wage = Basic needs budget + (basic needs budget*tax rate)
The data shown is for a single adult with 2 children.
For more information, view MIT Living Wage Calculator
MIT Living Wage Calculator
Footnotes: The data shown is the estimated living wage for a single adult with 2 children.
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