This Handy Living Wage Calculator Drills Down To City Level Data


By: Drew McManus

In: Arts Admin

If you work in the field of arts administration, you’ve probably figured out that it isn’t exactly the ideal career if your primary goal in life is to secure a position at the top of the economic food chain. Having said that, and regardless of your position in the field, it’s still good to keep tabs on up to date wage data and the MIT Living Wage Calculator created by Amy Glasmeier, a professor of economic geography and regional planning at MIT, is a handy resource in that effort.

Although the data is presented with a focus on living wage calculations, it does provide typical wages for a wide range of career tracks up through middle class earning thresholds. Additional highlights include:

  • The ability to review data on state, county, and city levels.
  • An extensive list of city level data (for example, there are 1,431 cities listed for Illinois).
  • Data focused on living wage threshold levels for single adults through two adults with three children.
  • A typical monthly expense chart for each living wage threshold group.

Last updated in March, 2014 the wage calculator garnered national attention when Ikea announced it would adopt a higher wage structure for employees starting in 2015 based on Glasmeier’s data. Consequently, the data could serve as an equally valuable resource for the nonprofit arts field.

the MIT Wage Calculator provides a wealth of data that drills down to tens of thousands of individual cities and places.
Professor Amy Glasmeier’s MIT Wage Calculator provides a wealth of data that drills down to thousands of individual cities and places.

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Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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