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.Go To The MIT Living Wage Calculator