Are YOU Earning a Living Wage?
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Are YOU Earning a Living Wage? Use the interactive graphic above to find out!
First, adjust the slider at the bottom of the graphic above to match your wage. Then on the left, select how many adults and children are in your household. Finally, select a state to see where you fall between a poverty wage and a living wage. You can even zoom in on a particular state by selecting the state and then clicking on the plus sign that appears in the corner.
* States that are brighter mean that you would earn closer to a living wage in that state.
* States that are darker mean that you would earn closer to a poverty wage in that state.
* The light blue triangle above the wage slider shows the minimum wage for that state.
* The dark blue triangle below the wage slider shows the federal minimum wage.
* The box above your wage listing shows how many hours a week you would have to work just to earn a living wage.
– Making minimum wage with one child is unlivable in all 50 states (assuming a 40 hour workweek)
– Of the states listed, HI and D.C. are the most expensive, requiring 56.2 hours of work per week just to get by.
– South Dakota, North Dakota, sections of Montana, and Eastern Washington are some of the most livable places in the United States if you are single and making minimum wage.
– For a married couple making $12 an hour, much of the Midwest and rural Pennsylvania are livable.[/h2s_box]