What Is A Living Wage?

A “living wage” is the minimum amount that a worker must earn to afford their basic necessities, without public or private assistance such as food stamps, section 8 housing, etc… It is intended to meet the BASIC needs of a single individual working in Orange County North Carolina.

For employers certified in 2017 the living wage is $13.15 / hour without employer-provided health insurance (or $11.65 / hour with employer-provided health insurance).

The living wage for employers certified in Orange County in 2015 - 2016 was $12.75 / hour without employer-provided health insurance (or $11.25 / hour with employer-provided health insurance).

With few exclusions, all full and part-time employees must be paid at least the living wage amount.  Whether a person works 4 hours per week or 40 hours per week, they should be paid the same.  A full hour’s work deserves a full hour’s wage.

Orange County Living Wage works to advocate and assist employers as we work together with them to create a more just and sustainable local economy that works for all.  We welcome participation in our work from all members of our community.

 

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Please contact us at info@orangecountylivingwage.org  if you would like to participate and learn more about our work. 

 

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