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What do you think is meant by the term “living wage”?

by | Nov 12, 2022 | Sociology

 

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1.Using a local newspaper or job posting website, search for classified ads on employment for the Fort Collins area. Develop a list where you present a summary of the kinds of jobs that are available including information on the average level of skill/education required and the average wage available.
Below is an example of what to summarize:
Occupational Category 1:
Number of Jobs Listed:
Average Wage:
Average Required Experience/Education
Occupational Category 2:
Number of Jobs Listed:
Average Wage:
Average Required Experience/Education
Occupational Category 3:
Number of Jobs Listed:
Average Wage:
Average Required Experience/Education
(Continue listing)
2. Go to website for Budget Calculator (http://www.epi.org/resources/budget/)
Find out what the average cost of housing and other costs are per month in the Fort Collins area for a family with 1 parent, 1 child.
From your chart, note the overall averages of wages advertised and education/experience required.
3. Write a short essay. Include the information from steps 1 and 2 and reflect on the following questions:
a. If you were to take an average job at an average wage, would you be able to afford average rent?
b. Does there appear to be enough adequate paying jobs to live comfortably here?
c. Based on the estimated family budget, how much income would you need to get by in Fort Collins?
d. What do you think is meant by the term “living wage”? What would that look like here? How is it different than minimum wage?

 

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