Existing Living Wage Estimates


  • Wider Opportunities for Women calculates a "Self-Sufficiency" standard for the Boston Area (for the year 1997). Subsequent local cost increases were calculated using the BLS CPI indicator for the Boston CMSA - which between 1997 and 2001 rose by an aggregate of 12.5%
  • For 2 children and 1 adult working full time (40 hours/week):
    $39,156 annually (in 1997 dollars) or $44,050 annually (in 2001 dollars) or $22.03/hour (in 2001 dollars)

    For 2 children and 2 adults working full time (40 hours/week):
    $42,564 annually (in 1997 dollars) or $47,884 annually (in 2001 dollars) or $11.97/hour (in 2001 dollars)

  • The Economic Policy Institute calculates a "Basic Family Budget" for the Boston Area (for the year 1999). Subsequent local cost increase was calculated using the BLS CPI indicator for the Boston CMSA - which between 1999 and 2001 rose by an aggregate of 8.2%
  • For 1 child and 1 adult working full time (40 hours):
    $38,290 annually (in 1999 dollars) or $41,430 (in 2001 dollars) or $20.71/hour (in 2001 dollars)

    For 1 child and 2 adults working full time (40 hours):
    $43,178 annually (in 1999 dollars) or $46,719 (in 2001 dollars) or $11.67/hour (in 2001 dollars)

    For 2 children and 2 adults working full time (40 hours):
    $49,795 annually (in 1999 dollars) or $53,878 (in 2001 dollars) or $13.47/hour (in 2001 dollars)

Basic Monthly Budgets For the Boston Area (as calculated by the Economic Policy Institute):

Basic Monthly Expenditure for a family with 1 parent, 1 child
Basic Monthly Expenditure for a family with 2 parents, 2 children
Housing (1999 dollar) $906 $906
Food (1999 dollar) $230 $510
Child Care (1999 dollar) $616 $916
Transportation (1999 dollar) $157 $221
Health Care (1999 dollar) $308 $387
Other Necessities (1999 dollar) $352 $439
Taxes (1999 dollar) $622 $703
Total (1999 dollar) $3191 $4150
Total Yearly Expenditure $38,290 $49,795
Total Yearly Expenditure $41,430 $53,878
Minimum Necessary Wage with All Parents Working Full Time (2001 dollar) $20.71 $13.47