North Carolina: Pay Up 2015

The living wage for a single adult is $15.50 per hour. This reflects what is needed to meet basic needs and maintain some ability to deal with emergencies and plan ahead.

North Carolina’s minimum wage of $7.25 does not allow working families to make ends meet. This amount provides less than 47 percent of a living wage for a single adult. Minimum wage workers have to clock 85.5 hours each week just to make ends meet. A worker earning North Carolina’s tipped minimum wage of $2.13 would have to work 291 hours to earn the equivalent of a living wage.

NC State Fact Sheet (pdf)