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Living Wage Chart 2009

 

 

Category Month (2006) Month (2008) Percent Change Year (2008) Comments Source
Rent $628 $763 21.50% $9,156 Fair market rent, single BR incl. utilities HUD
Food $180.95 $203.25 12.32% $2,439 Average of low-cost food plan for males/females 19-50 USDA
Transportation $164.22 $167.52 2.01% $2,010.24 Weighted average of amount spent on cars and public transportation ACS, BLS, EIA, TCAT
Communication $56.48 $61.49 8.87% $737.88 Local calling plan, 30 minutes long-distance and Internet BLS, Verizon
Health Care $122.62 $143.53 17.05% $1,722.36 Employee's share of premium and out-of-pocket medical expenses BLS, Alternatives
Recreation $100 $100 0.00% $1,200.00 Arbitrary Claritas
Savings  $56  $59.81  6.80%  $717.72  Adjusted for inflation  BLS
Miscellaneous  $105.08  $111.13  5.76%  $1,333.56  housekeeping supplies  Claritas
Net (Subtotal)  $1,413.35  $1,609.73  13.89%  $19,316.76    
Payroll Tax  $130.42  $147.29  12.93%  $1,767.45    
Federal Tax  $118.58  $117.95  -0.53%  $1,415.39    
State Tax  $41.83  $50.35  20.36%  $604.15    
 TOTAL  $1,704.18  $1,925.31  12.98%  $23,103.75    
 hourly@40 hrs/week  $9.83  $11.11*        
* The Tompkins County Workers Center/Living Wage Coalition figures that the hourly living wage without health insurance is $12.11 an hour.

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