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Living Wage 2013 Chart

 Alternatives Federal Credit Union Living Wage Study 2013

Category Month (2010) Month (2012) Percent Change Year (2012) Comments Source
Rent $811.00 $836.00 3.08% $10,032.00 Fair Market rent for single bedroom apartment including utilities HUD
Food $203.60 $218.50 7.32% $2,622.20 Average of low-cost food plan for males and females ages 19-50 USDA
Transportation $179.03 $189.01 5.57% $2,268.12 Weighted average of amount spent on cars, car share, public transportation, and bicycle maintenance ACS, BLS, EIA, TCAT
Communication $59.99 $63.24 5.42% $758.88 Nationwide prepaid cell phone and internet AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner
Health Care $173.08 $188.64 8.99% $2,263.68 Employee's share of premium and out of pocket medical expenses BLS, Alternatives
Recreation $101.62 $107.00 5.29% $1,284.00 Adjusted for inflation  
Savings $60.78 $64.00 5.30% $768.00 Adjusted for inflation  
Miscellaneous $110.46 $113.75 2.98% $1,365.00 Apparel products, housekeeping supplies and personal care products and service BLS
Net (Subtotal) $1,699.56 $1,780.14 4.74% $21,361.68    
Payroll tax $114.28 $167.33 46.42% $2,007.95    
Federal tax $149.23 $165.91 11.18% $1,990.91    
State tax $59.56 $73.47 23.36% $881.67    
TOTAL $2,022.63 $2,186.85 8.12% $26,242.21    
hourly @ 40hrs./week $11.67 $12.62


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