With both of us working (DH full-time, me part-time) we make just under what is listed as annual living wage for our area. But we work opposite shifts instead of paying $800/mo for daycare, so that makes a significant difference in our budget.
My DH does not make a living wage for our area, even though he qualifies as "skilled labor" and has nearly 20 years experience in his field. The reason for this has little to do with hourly wage, and a lot to do with simply not getting 40 hours every week. I make almost exactly the living hourly wage, but I only work part-time. Add us together, and we squeak by.
This is very, very common where I currently live/work and really the only way most people without post-secondary educations make a go of it. If you have two people working full time and no childcare you can get up to a living wage. Too bad that you spend almost no time with your partner and are at high risk for divorce. I guess I wish the system was set up better in a way that actually nourished not starved family life.
Edited by mnnice - 5/9/11 at 9:49am