This Career Living Wage Calculator examines a few things. What is the financial and economic impact of moving families from a poverty wage to a high demand career that pays a family-wage? How might public safety-net benefits be impacted? What is the “big picture” economic impact overtime?

This calculator uses the following sources:

  • Employment Security Department – Occupational employment projections and wage estimates for Pierce County 2016
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology – “Living Wage Calculator”
  • Seattle Jobs Initiative – “Understanding Benefit Cliffs” 2015
  • Assumptions:
    • Use of 1 year of the Pell Grant
    • 30% of Income is eligible for state Sales Tax