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Looking for a job in Bellingham? These entry-level jobs pay above minimum and living wage

Finding a job that pays enough to support for you and your family without a long list of requirements can be difficult.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology calculated the living wage by county by evaluating typical expenses to find how much an individual must make hourly to support themselves, or multiple children or dependents in a full-time job.

MIT records living wages for individuals, couples and families that vary based on the number of dependents, number of children and the number of adults who are working. The living wages have increased compared to January’s calculations, according to previous reporting in The Bellingham Herald:

Whatcom County’s living wage for an individual with no dependents is $17.47 per hour, working full time.

For a household with two adults, no children, and only one individual working, a living wage in Whatcom County is $27.62 per hour.

For a household with two adults, no children and both adults working, the living wage is $13.81 per hour.

For a household with two adults, one child, and only one adult working, the living wage is $34.53 per hour. If this household had two children the living wage would be $39.51 an hour.

For a household with two adults and two children and both adults working, the living wage is $25.98 per hour. If the family had three children, both individuals would need to make $32.10 per hour.

As Washington state’s minimum wage is $15.74 per hour, this amount is not considered a living wage in Whatcom County unless you have multiple adults working in a household with no dependents.

The Bellingham Herald has searched the job website Indeed and local Craiglist listings to find positions with minimal requirements that are available as of Wednesday, June 7, that advertise wages at or above living wages:

Housekeeper at Vacasa

$22 per hour

Full-time

Reliable transportation and weekend availability are required, but no experience is necessary

Mail carrier for United States Postal Service

$19-$33 per hour

Full-time

No requirements listed

Overnight crew member at McDonald’s

$19 per hour

Full-time

No requirements listed

Painter/laborer at Kennedy Painting

$18.50-$24 per hour

Full-time

No requirements listed

Customer service-account associate at T-Mobile

$20 per hour

Full-time

Requirements: high school diploma or equivalent