We talk a lot about a $15 minimum wage, but the truth is that’s just a starting point for establishing a living wage. The University of Washington’s Center for Women’s Welfare recently did an in-depth study of the cost of living in Maryland, and how it varies from county to county.
Maryland’s cost of living is so high that a $15 per hour wage with a full-time job isn’t enough to achieve complete self-sufficiency anywhere in Maryland for a single parent of a preschooler. The current minimum wage of $8.75 is a poverty wage, and it still will be when it reaches its scheduled increase to $10.10 an hour in 2018.
If you’re willing and able to work full time, you should make enough to get by.