The minimum wage required to make ends meet in each state of the United States

According to personal finance website GOBankingRates.com, Hawaii has the highest single-pay living salary at $112,411. GOBankingRates used Bureau of Labor Statistics data to calculate the minimal amount a single individual needs to follow the 50/30/20 budget in each state to estimate the living wage.

This plan allocates 50% of income to basics like housing and utilities, 30% to discretionary spending, and 20% to savings or investments.

According to Labor Bureau data, the typical income for single, full-time workers in the US is $57,200, while Hawaii's living wage is more than double that. The Mississippi living wage is $45,906, according to GOBankingRates.

Here are the five most expensive states for single employees, depending on annual income. Hawaii: $112,411 Massachusetts: $87,909 California: $80,013 New York: $73,226 Alaska: $71,570

The highest cost of living in the nation puts Hawaii first. Hawaii's remote islands make maritime shipping more expensive than truck or rail, raising consumer goods prices. Real estate shortages drive housing prices.

Because Boston, Los Angeles, and New York City have among of the highest housing expenses in the country, Massachusetts, California, and New York need substantial living salaries.

Overall, single employees' median income of $57,200 just meets the living wage in 30 states.

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