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Living Wage Calculation for Honolulu County, Hawaii

from Massachusetts Institute of Technology April, 2022

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.

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.

    Food Child Care Medical Housing Trans portation Civic Other Required annual income after taxes Annual taxes Required annual income before taxes
1 ADULT 0 Children $3,999 $0 $1,888 $18,606 $4,938 $2,581 $4,748 $36,883 $10,312 $47,195
1 Child $5,893 $9,413 $7,167 $26,916 $8,762 $4,144 $7,080 $69,499 $19,831 $89,330
2 Children $8,853 $18,826 $6,954 $26,916 $11,391 $5,120 $6,477 $84,660 $24,157 $108,817
3 Children $11,742 $28,239 $7,263 $38,524 $13,456 $6,686 $9,424 $115,456 $32,945 $148,401
2 ADULTS (1 WORKING) 0 Children $7,332 $0 $5,854 $20,476 $8,762 $4,144 $7,080 $53,771 $15,343 $69,115
1 Child $9,124 $0 $6,954 $26,916 $11,391 $5,120 $6,477 $66,106 $18,863 $84,969
2 Children $11,764 $0 $7,263 $26,916 $13,456 $6,686 $9,424 $75,631 $21,581 $97,212
3 Children $14,321 $0 $7,052 $38,524 $14,613 $5,314 $9,115 $89,063 $25,414 $114,476
2 ADULTS (BOTH WORKING) 0 Children $7,332 $0 $5,854 $20,476 $8,762 $4,144 $7,080 $53,771 $15,343 $69,115
1 Child $9,124 $9,413 $6,954 $26,916 $11,391 $5,120 $6,477 $75,519 $21,549 $97,068
2 Children $11,764 $18,826 $7,263 $26,916 $13,456 $6,686 $9,424 $94,457 $26,953 $121,410
3 Children $14,321 $28,239 $7,052 $38,524 $14,613 $5,314 $9,115 $117,302 $34,939 $152,241


(NOTE: These figures are for Honolulu County.  In Hawaii County, taxes often exceed housing as the largest single expense. LINK)

read … Living Wage Calculations for all Counties and Metropolitan Statistical Areas in Hawaii

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