# \$53 an Hour is How Much a Year? Before and After Taxes

Jobs paying \$53 per hour provide wages well above minimum wage, but what does this translate to in annual earnings? In this article, we’ll break down the projected yearly, monthly, biweekly, and weekly salaries for positions paying \$53/hour. We’ll analyze whether \$53/hour is considered a good income, what occupations typically offer these wages, and what lifestyle is possible at this level. Additionally, we’ll look at how taxes, overtime, and unpaid time impact the actual annual take-home pay. With prudent financial moves, \$53/hour provides potential to meet savings goals and major expenses. We’ll explore sample budgets to showcase realistic spending at this income level. While individual situations vary, understanding earnings projections from a \$53 hourly wage can empower informed career and money decisions. Evaluating the full salary potential is key.

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### \$53 an Hour is How Much a Year?

If you make \$53 an hour, your yearly salary would be \$110,240. We calculate your annual income based on 8 hours per day, 5 days per week and 52 weeks in the year.

Hours worked per week (40) x Hourly wage(\$53) x Weeks worked per year(52) = \$110,240

### \$53 an Hour is How Much a Month?

If you make \$53 an hour, your monthly salary would be \$9,186.67. We calculated this number by dividing your annual income by 12 months.

Hours worked per week (40) x Hourly wage(\$53) x Weeks worked per year(52) / Months per Year(12) = \$9,186.67

### \$53 an Hour is How Much Biweekly?

If you make \$53 an hour, your biweekly salary would be \$4,240.

Hours worked per week (40) x Hourly wage(\$53) x 2 = \$4,240

### \$53 an Hour is How Much a Week?

If you make \$53 an hour, your weekly salary would be \$2,120. Calculating based on 5 days per week and 8 hours each day.

Hours worked per week (40) x Hourly wage(\$53) = \$2,120

### \$53 an Hour is How Much a Day?

If you make \$53 an hour, your daily salary would be \$424. We calculated your daily income based on 8 hours per day.

Hours worked per day (8) x Hourly wage(\$53) = \$424

## \$53 an Hour is How Much a Year?

The basic formula to calculate your annual salary from an hourly wage is:

Hourly Rate x Hours Worked per Week x Number of Weeks Worked per Year = Annual Salary

So for a \$20 per hour job:

\$53 per hour x 40 hours per week x 52 weeks per year = \$110,240

However, this simple calculation makes some assumptions:

• You will work 40 hours every week of the year
• You will not get any paid time off

Therefore, it represents your earnings if you worked every week of the year, without any vacation, holidays, or sick days.

Accounting for Paid Time Off

The \$110,240 base salary does not yet factor in paid time off (PTO). Let’s assume the job provides:

• 2 weeks (10 days) paid vacation
• 6 paid holidays
• 3 paid sick days

This totals 19 paid days off, or nearly 4 weeks of PTO.

Importantly, this paid time off should not be deducted from the annual salary, since you still get paid for those days.

So with 4 weeks PTO, the annual salary would remain \$110,240 .

## Part time \$53 an hour is How Much a Year?

Your annual income changes significantly if you work part-time and not full-time.

For example, let’s say you work 25 hours per week instead of 40. Here’s how you calculate your new yearly total:

\$53 per hour x 25 hours per week x 52 weeks per year = \$68,900

By working 15 fewer hours per week (25 instead of 40), your annual earnings at \$53 an hour drop from \$110,240 to \$68,900.

That’s a \$41,340 per year difference just by working part-time!

Here’s a table summarizing how your annual earnings change depending on how many hours you work per week at \$53 an hour:

Hours Per Week Earnings Per Week Annual Earnings
40 \$2,120 \$110,240
35 \$1,855 \$96,460
30 \$1,590 \$82,680
25 \$1,325 \$68,900
20 \$1,060 \$55,120
15 \$795 \$41,340

The more hours per week, the higher your total yearly earnings. But part-time work allows for more life balance if you don’t need the full salary.

## \$53 an Hour With Overtime is How Much a Year?

Now let’s look at how overtime can increase your annual earnings.

Overtime kicks in once you work more than 40 hours in a week. Typically, you earn 1.5x your regular hourly wage for overtime hours.

So if you make \$53 per hour normally, you would make \$79.50 per hour for any hours over 40 in a week.

Here’s an example:

• You work 45 hours in a Week
• 40 regular hours paid at \$53 per hour = \$2,120
• 5 overtime hours paid at \$79.50 per hour = \$397.50
• Your total one Week earnings =\$2,120 + \$397.50 = \$2,517.50

If you worked 45 hours each week for 52 weeks, here’s how your annual earnings increase thanks to overtime pay:

\$2,517.50 per week x 52 weeks per year = \$130,910

That’s \$20,670 more than you’d earn working just 40 hours per week at \$53 an hour.

Overtime can add up! But also consider taxes and work-life balance when deciding on extra hours.

Here’s a table summarizing how your annual earnings change depending on how many hours you work per week at \$53 an hour:

 Overtime hours per work day Hours Per Week Earnings Per Week Annual Earnings 0 40 \$2,120 \$110,240 1 45 \$2,517.50 \$130,910 2 50 \$2,915 \$151,580 3 55 \$3,312.50 \$172,250 4 60 \$3,710 \$192,920 5 65 \$4,107.50 \$213,590 6 70 \$4,505 \$234,260 7 75 \$4,902.50 \$254,930

## How Unpaid Time Off Impacts \$53/Hour Yearly Earnings

So far we’ve assumed you work 52 paid weeks per year. Any unpaid time off will reduce your total income.

For example, let’s say you take 2 weeks of unpaid leave. That brings your paid weeks down to 50:

Hours worked per week (40) x Hourly wage(\$53) x Weeks worked per year(50) = \$106,000 annual salary

With 2 weeks unpaid time off, your annual earnings at \$53/hour would drop by \$4,240.

The table below summarizes how your annual income changes depending on the number of weeks of unpaid leave.

 Weeks of unpaid leave Paid weeks per year Earnings Per Week Annual Earnings 0 52 \$2,120 \$110,240 1 51 \$2,120 \$108,120 2 50 \$2,120 \$106,000 3 49 \$2,120 \$103,880 4 48 \$2,120 \$101,760 5 47 \$2,120 \$99,640 6 46 \$2,120 \$97,520 7 45 \$2,120 \$95,400

## Key Takeaways for \$53 Hourly Wage

In summary, here are some key points on annual earnings when making \$53 per hour:

• At 40 hours per week, you’ll earn \$110,240 per year.
• Part-time of 30 hours/week results in \$82,680 annual salary.
• Overtime pay can boost yearly earnings, e.g. \$20,670 extra at 45 hours/week.
• Unpaid time off reduces your total income, around \$4,240 less per 2 weeks off.
• Your specific situation and location impacts taxes and PTO.

Knowing your approximate annual salary and factors impacting it makes it easier to budget and plan your finances. The next step is calculating take-home pay after deductions like taxes.

## \$53 An Hour Is How Much A Year After Taxes

Figuring out your actual annual earnings based on an hourly wage can be complicated once taxes are taken into account. In addition to federal, state, and local income taxes, 7.65% of your gross pay also goes to Social Security and Medicare through FICA payroll taxes. So how much does \$53 an hour equal per year after FICA and income taxes are deducted from your gross pay?

Below we’ll walk through the steps to calculate your annual net take home pay if you make \$53 per hour. This will factor in estimated federal, FICA, state, and local taxes so you know exactly what to expect.

### Factoring in Federal Income Tax

Your federal income tax will be a big chunk out of your gross pay. Federal tax rates range from 10% to 37%, depending on your tax bracket.

To estimate your federal income tax rate and liability:

Look up your federal income tax bracket based on your gross pay.

2023 tax brackets: single filers

Tax rate Taxable income bracket Tax owed
10% \$0 to \$11,000. 10% of taxable income.
12% \$11,001 to \$44,725. \$1,100 plus 12% of the amount over \$11,000.
22% \$44,726 to \$95,375. \$5,147 plus 22% of the amount over \$44,725.
24% \$95,376 to \$182,100. \$16,290 plus 24% of the amount over \$95,375.
32% \$182,101 to \$231,250. \$37,104 plus 32% of the amount over \$182,100.
35% \$231,251 to \$578,125. \$52,832 plus 35% of the amount over \$231,250.
37% \$578,126 or more. \$174,238.25 plus 37% of the amount over \$578,125.

For example, if you are single with \$110,240 gross annual pay, your federal tax bracket is 24%.

Your estimated federal tax would be:

\$16,290 + (\$110,240 – \$95,376) x 24% = \$19,857.36

So at \$53/hour with \$110,240 gross pay, you would owe about \$19,857.36 in federal income taxes.

### Considering State Income Tax

In addition to federal tax, most states also charge a state income tax. State income tax rates range from about 1% to 13%, with most falling between 4% and 6%.

Key Takeaways

• California, Hawaii, New York, New Jersey, and Oregon have some of the highest state income tax rates.
• Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming don’t impose an income tax at all.
• Another 10 U.S states have a flat tax rate—everyone pays the same percentage regardless of how much they earn.

A State-by-State Comparison of Income Tax Rates

STATE TAX RATES LOWEST AND HIGHEST INCOME BRACKETS
Florida 0% None
South Dakota 0% None
Tennessee 0% None
Texas 0% None
Washington 0% None
Wyoming 0% None
Colorado 4.55% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Illinois 4.95% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Indiana 3.23% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Kentucky 5% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Massachusetts 5% Flat rate applies to all incomes
New Hampshire 5% Flat rate on interest and dividend income only
North Carolina 4.99% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Pennsylvania 3.07% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Utah 4.95% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Michigan 4.25% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Arizona 2.59% to 4.5% \$27,806 and \$166,843
Arkansas 2% to 5.5% \$4,300 and \$8,501
California 1% to 13.3% \$9,325 and \$1 million
Connecticut 3% to 6.99% \$10,000 and \$500,000
Delaware 0% to 6.6% \$2,000 and \$60,001
Alabama 2% to 5% \$500 and \$3,001
Georgia 1% to 5.75% \$750 and \$7,001
Hawaii 1.4% to 11% \$2,400 and \$200,000
Idaho 1.125% to 6.5% \$1,568 and \$7,939
Iowa 0.33% to 8.53% \$1,743 and \$78,435
Kansas 3.1% to 5.7% \$15,000 and \$30,000
Louisiana 1.85% to 4.25% \$12,500 and \$50,001
Maine 5.8% to 7.15% \$23,000 and \$54,450
Maryland 2% to 5.75%  \$1,000 and \$250,000
Minnesota 5.35% to 9.85% \$28,080 and \$171,221
Mississippi 0% to 5% \$5,000 and \$10,001
Missouri 1.5% to 5.3% \$1,121 and \$8,968
Montana 1% to 6.75% \$2,900and \$17,400
Nebraska 2.46% to 6.84% \$3,340 and \$32,210
New Jersey 1.4% to 10.75% \$20,000 and \$1 million
New Mexico 1.7% to 5.9% \$5,500 and \$210,000
New York 4% to 10.9% \$8,500 and \$25 million
North Dakota 1.1% to 2.9% \$41,775 and \$458,350
Ohio 0% to 3.99% \$25,000 and \$110,650
Oklahoma 0.25% to 4.75% \$1,000 and \$7,200
Oregon 4.75% to 9.9% \$3,750 and \$125,000
Rhode Island 3.75% to 5.99% \$68,200 and \$155,050
South Carolina 0% to 7% \$3,110 and \$15,560
Vermont 3.35% to 8.75% \$42,150 and \$213,150
Virginia 2% to 5.75% \$3,000 and \$17,001
Washington, D.C. 4% to 9.75% \$10,000 and \$1 million
West Virginia 3% to 6.5% \$10,000 and \$60,000
Wisconsin 3.54% to 7.65% \$12,760 and \$280,950

To estimate your state income tax:

Look up your state income tax rate based on your gross pay and filing status.

Multiply your gross annual pay by the state tax rate.

For example, if you live in Pennsylvania which has a flat 3.07% tax rate, your estimated state tax would be:

\$110,240 gross pay x 3.07% PA tax rate = \$3,384.37 estimated state income tax

So with \$110,240 gross annual income, you would owe around in \$3,384.37 Pennsylvania state income tax. Verify your specific state’s income tax rates.

### Factoring in Local Taxes

Some cities and counties levy local income taxes ranging from 1-3% of taxable income.

To estimate potential local taxes you may owe:

• Check if your city or county charges a local income tax.
• If yes, look up the local income tax rate.
• Multiply your gross annual pay by the local tax rate.

For example, say you live in Columbus, OH which has a 2.5% local income tax. Your estimated local tax would be:

\$110,240 gross pay x 2.5% local tax rate = \$2,756 estimated local tax

So with \$110,240 in gross earnings, you may owe around \$2,756 in Columbus local income taxes. Verify rates for your own city/county.

### Accounting for FICA Taxes (Social Security & Medicare)

FICA taxes are a combination of Social Security and Medicare taxes that equal 15.3% of your earnings. You are responsible for half of the total bill (7.65%), which includes a 6.2% Social Security tax and 1.45% Medicare tax on your earnings.

In 2023, only the first \$160,200 of your earnings are subject to the Social Security tax

There is an additional 0.9% surtax on top of the standard 1.45% Medicare tax for those who earn over \$200,000 (single filers) or \$250,000 (joint filers).

To estimate your FICA tax payment:

\$110,240 x 6.2% + \$110,240 x 1.45% = \$8,433.36

So you can expect to pay about \$8,433.36 in Social Security and Medicare taxes out of your gross \$110,240 in earnings.

### Total Estimated Tax Payments

Based on the examples above, your total estimated tax payments would be:

Federal tax: \$19,857.36

State tax: \$3,384.37

Local tax: \$2,756

FICA tax: \$8,433.36

Total Estimated Tax: \$34,431.09

### Calculating Your Take Home Pay

To calculate your annual take home pay at \$53 /hour:

2. Subtract your estimated total tax payments

\$110,240 gross pay – \$34,431.09 Total Estimated Tax = \$75,808.91 Your Take Home Pay

n summary, if you make \$53 per hour and work full-time, you would take home around \$75,808.91 per year after federal, state, local , FICA taxes.

Your actual net income may vary depending on your specific tax situation. But this gives you a general idea of what to expect.

## Convert \$53 Per Hour to Yearly, Monthly, Biweekly, and Weekly Salary After Taxes

If you make \$53 an hour and work full-time (40 hours per week), your estimated yearly salary would be \$110,240 .

The \$110,240 per year salary does not account for taxes. Federal, state, and local taxes will reduce your take-home pay. The amount withheld depends on your location, filing status, dependents, and other factors.

Just now during our calculation of \$53 An Hour Is How Much A Year After Taxes, we assumed the following conditions:

• You are single with \$110,240 gross annual pay, your federal tax bracket is 24 %.
• You live in Pennsylvania which has a flat 3.07% tax rate
• You live in Columbus, OH which has a 2.5% local income tax.

In the end, we calculated your Total Estimated Tax is \$34,431.09 , Your Take Home Pay is \$75,808.91 , Total tax rate is 31.23%.

So next we’ll use 31.23% as the estimated tax rate to calculate your weekly, biweekly, and monthly after-tax income.

### \$53 Per Hour to Yearly, Monthly, Biweekly, Weekly,and Week Salary After Taxes Table

 Income before taxes Estimated Tax Rate Income Taxes After Tax Income Yearly Salary \$110,240 31.23% \$34,431.09 \$75,808.91 Monthly Salary \$9,186.67 31.23% \$2,869.26 \$6,317.41 BiWeekly Salary \$4,240 31.23% \$1,324.27 \$2,915.73 Weekly Salary \$2,120 31.23% \$662.14 \$1,457.86

### \$53  an hour is how much a year after taxes

Here is the adjusted yearly salary after a 31.23% tax reduction:

• Yearly salary before taxes: \$110,240
• Estimated tax rate: 31.23%
• Taxes owed (31.23% * \$110,240 )= \$34,431.09
• Yearly salary after taxes: \$75,808.91
Hourly Wage Hours Worked Per Week Weeks Worked Per Year Total Yearly Salary Estimated Tax Rate Taxes Owed After-Tax Yearly Salary
\$53 40 52 \$110,240 31.23% \$34,431.09 \$75,808.91

### \$53 an hour is how much a month after taxes

To calculate the monthly salary based on an hourly wage, you first need the yearly salary amount. Then divide by 12 months.

• Yearly salary before taxes at \$53 per hour: \$110,240
• Divided by 12 months per year: \$110,240 / 12 = \$9,186.67 per month

The monthly salary based on a 40 hour work week at \$53 per hour is \$9,186.67 before taxes.

After applying the estimated 31.23% tax rate, the monthly after-tax salary would be:

• Monthly before-tax salary: \$9,186.67
• Estimated tax rate: 31.23%
• Taxes owed (31.23% * \$9,186.67 )= \$2,869.26
• Monthly after-tax salary: \$6,317.41

Monthly Salary Based on \$53 Per Hour

Hourly Wage Yearly Salary Months Per Year Before-Tax Monthly Salary Estimated Tax Rate Taxes Owed After-Tax Monthly Salary
\$53 \$110,240 12 \$9,186.67 31.23% \$2,869.26 \$6,317.41

### \$53 an hour is how much biweekly after taxes

Many people are paid biweekly, meaning every other week. To calculate the biweekly pay at \$53 per hour:

• Hourly wage: \$53
• Hours worked per week: 40
• Weeks per biweekly pay period: 2
• \$53 * 40 hours * 2 weeks = \$4,240 biweekly

Applying the 31.23%estimated tax rate:

• Biweekly before-tax salary: \$4,240
• Estimated tax rate: 31.23%
• Taxes owed (31.23% * \$4,240 )= \$1,324.27
• Biweekly after-tax salary: \$2,915.73

Biweekly Salary at \$53 Per Hour

Hourly Wage Hours Worked Per Week Weeks Per Pay Period Before-Tax Biweekly Salary Estimated Tax Rate Taxes Owed After-Tax Biweekly Salary
\$53 40 2 \$4,240 31.23% \$1,324.27 \$2,915.73

### \$53 an hour is how much weekly after taxes

To find the weekly salary based on an hourly wage, you need to know the number of hours worked per week. At 40 hours per week, the calculation is:

• Hourly wage: \$53
• Hours worked per week: 40
• \$53 * 40 hours = \$2,120 per week

Accounting for the estimated 31.23% tax rate:

• Weekly before-tax salary: \$2,120
• Estimated tax rate: 31.23%
• Taxes owed (31.23% * \$2,120 )= \$662.14
• Weekly after-tax salary: \$1,457.86

Weekly Salary at \$53 Per Hour

Hourly Wage Hours Worked Per Week Before-Tax Weekly Salary Estimated Tax Rate Taxes Owed After-Tax Weekly Salary
\$53 40 \$2,120 31.23% \$662.14 \$1,457.86

### Key Takeaways

• An hourly wage of \$53 per hour equals a yearly salary of \$110,240 before taxes, assuming a 40 hour work week.
• After accounting for an estimated 31.23% tax rate, the yearly after-tax salary is approximately \$75,808.91 .
• On a monthly basis before taxes, \$53 per hour equals \$9,186.67 per month. After estimated taxes, the monthly take-home pay is about \$6,317.41 .
• The before-tax weekly salary at \$53 per hour is \$2,120 . After taxes, the weekly take-home pay is approximately \$1,457.86 .
• For biweekly pay, the pre-tax salary at \$53 per hour is \$4,240 . After estimated taxes, the biweekly take-home pay is around \$2,915.73 .

Understanding annual, monthly, weekly, and biweekly salary equivalents based on an hourly wage is useful when budgeting and financial planning. Taxes make a significant difference in take-home pay, so be sure to account for them when making income conversions. Use this guide as a reference when making salary calculations.

## What Is the Average Hourly Wage in the US?

Last Updated: Sep 1 2023

US Average Hourly Earnings is at a current level of \$33.82, up from 33.74 last month and up from 32.43 one year ago. This is a change of 0.24% from last month and 4.29% from one year ago.

Average Hourly Earnings is the average dollars that a private employee makes per hour in the US. This metric is a part of one of the most important releases every month which includes unemployment numbers as well. This is normally released on the first Friday of every month. This metric is released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

## What is the average salary in the U.S.?

Last Updated: July 18, 2023

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics uses median salary data rather than averages to avoid skewed numbers from outlying high and low numbers. Median weekly earnings of the nation's 121.5 million full-time wage and salary workers were \$1,100 in the second quarter of 2023, the U.S.

If a person works 52 weeks in the year, then this represents a national annual salary of \$57,200.

## Is \$53 an Hour a Good Salary?

Whether \$53 per hour is a good wage depends heavily on where you live, your household size, profession and expenses. In lower cost areas, \$53 an hour provides a decent living for many. But in expensive coastal cities, it would barely cover basic needs.

To put \$53 an hour in context, it translates to an annual salary of around \$110,240 if you worked full-time all year (40 hours per week). That places you in the top 30-40% of all personal incomes in the country.

However, after federal and state taxes, your annual take-home pay could be closer to \$80,000-85,000 or less. And without an employer-sponsored plan, you’d have to pay for your own health insurance and retirement savings entirely.

So while on the higher end compared to average wages, \$53 an hour reflects more of a lower-middle class or middle-class lifestyle, not true wealth. Where you live and how you budget meaningfully impact your standard of living at this pay rate.

## Jobs that pay \$53 an hour

Here are some of the most common professions paying around \$53 per hour:

• Electrical technicians – Experienced techs earn \$25-\$55 per hour troubleshooting and repairing electrical systems.
• Massage therapists – Licensed therapists charge \$45-\$65 per hour for their services.
• Mental health counselors – Counselors can earn \$40-\$60 per hour in private practice.
• MRI technicians – Experienced MRI techs make \$50-\$70 per hour running MRI machines.
• Pharmacy technicians – Lead pharmacy techs make \$40-\$55 per hour in retail and clinical settings.
• Commercial pilots – Pilots at regional airlines earn around \$50 per flight hour.
• Web developers – Experienced freelance web developers bill \$45-\$65 per hour.
• Mechanical drafters – Drafters with 5+ years of experience can make \$45-\$60 per hour.
• Railroad workers – Locomotive engineers, conductors and dispatchers earn \$25-\$55 per hour.

Reaching an hourly income of \$53 typically requires specialized skills, education and training. Entry-level and unskilled roles are unlikely to pay this much per hour in most cases.

## Can You Live Off \$53 An Hour?

Can you realistically live on and support others with \$53 per hour? Here is a look at typical monthly expenses:

• Housing – Rent or mortgage for a modest apartment/home, around \$1,000-\$1,500 depending on location.
• Transportation – Car payment of \$150-300 plus gas and insurance of \$200-300.
• Food – Groceries and dining out for one or two adults, around \$400-600.
• Utilities – Electric, water, cable, internet, about \$300-400.
• Phone – Cell phone bill \$50-100.
• Insurance – Out-of-pocket health, dental, vision costs plus life/disability \$200-500.
• Entertainment – Activities, movies, streaming services \$100-200.
• Clothing – New clothes and dry cleaning \$50-150.
• Miscellaneous – Everything else including pets, haircuts, gifts etc \$200-400.
• Debt payments – Student loans, credit cards, personal loans \$100-500+.
• Savings – Ideally 10-20% of take-home pay, \$500-1,000.
• Taxes – Federal and state taxes eat up 25% or more of gross income.

Total: Around \$3,500-\$5,000 in monthly expenses depending on costs in your area and family size.

This rough budget shows it’s possible but challenging for many to live comfortably on \$53 an hour, especially as household and family expenses grow. Strict budgeting in areas like housing, transportation, utilities and discretionary spending would be required to save and invest.

Overall, \$53 an hour supports a lower-middle class to middle-class lifestyle in most areas. While covering basic needs, it requires tradeoffs and provides limited flexibility.

## The impact of inflation on the value of \$53 an hour

While \$53 an hour seems reasonable compared to minimum wage, inflation steadily erodes its real value each year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for food, housing, transportation, medical care and other common expenses have risen over 3% annually over the past 20 years.

Assuming 3.5% annual inflation, \$53 an hour today will only have the buying power of around \$47 per hour in five years and \$42 per hour in 10 years. Expenses take up more of your budget over time.

This means workers earning a fixed income have to seek pay raises and new income sources just to maintain their current lifestyles. Otherwise their purchasing power and ability to save diminishes each year as costs rise faster than their wages.

Trying to live and save on a fixed income requires diligent budgeting. And healthcare, housing and education costs often outpace overall inflation. Making big future purchases on a flat \$53 per hour wage will get harder over time.

## 5 Ways To Increase Your Hourly Wage

Here are some potential steps to move beyond \$53 per hour:

1. Ask for a raise at your current job based on your contributions and experience. Come prepared with market rate data.
2. Work overtime when possible at 1.5x your normal pay. Even 5-10 extra hours per week adds up.
3. Gain new in-demand skills through certifications or training to qualify for higher paying roles.
4. Switch companies or industries to one that offers better compensation. Leverage offers to improve salary.
5. Negotiate increased benefits like more vacation time, flex scheduling, health insurance contributions and 401(k) matching to boost total rewards.
6. Start a side business that allows you to earn money from a hobby or talent.
7. Pursue education like a degree or specialized credential to advance your career earnings long-term.

Depending on your career, a combination of upskilling, seeking promotions, changing jobs strategically and taking on side gigs can potentially help you surpass an hourly income of \$53.

## Buying a car on \$53 an hour

Is buying a car realistic on an income of \$53 per hour? Here is an overview:

• The current average price for a new car is around \$48,000.
• Even with a sizable down payment, loan payments may exceed \$600 per month on a \$30,000 balance.
• Add in insurance, gas and repairs of \$200-300 monthly.
• That’s around \$800 per month just for a basic new car!
• On a \$53 hourly income, that’s likely unaffordable for most budgets.

However, buying a used car for \$15,000-20,000 is much more viable. This keeps total monthly costs (loan, gas, insurance) under \$400 comfortably.

You may also stretch to buy a new compact model in the \$20,000-25,000 range with strong credit and a hefty down payment. But overall, buying a car on \$53 an hour requires keeping the price within your budget. Used vehicles are ideal for most.

## Can You Buy a House on \$53 An Hour?

Next, let’s evaluate whether buying a home is feasible on \$53 an hour:

• The current median U.S. home price is around \$325,000.
• With a 10% down payment of \$32,500, your mortgage principal will be \$292,500.
• At a 5% fixed mortgage rate, the monthly payment will be around \$1,550.
• On a \$53 hourly salary of \$110,240 per year, that \$1,550 payment equals 17% of your gross annual income.
• Experts recommend total housing costs stay under 28% of gross income.
• 28% of your income is \$30,867 annually or \$2,572 per month.

Based on this, buying a median priced home would be very challenging on \$53 an hour. While the mortgage may be affordable in isolation, taxes, insurance, maintenance and utilities would likely stretch budgets too thin.

However, buying a home in the \$175,000 to \$250,000 range is more feasible. You’d want at least 10% down and to keep total monthly payments under \$2,000. But in high cost areas, renting may be the better option on this income level.

In summary, home ownership on \$53 an hour requires a cheaper home in a lower cost area to keep payments manageable. Otherwise it may be out of reach financially.

## Example Budget For \$53 Per Hour

Here is a realistic monthly budget if you earn \$53 per hour or \$110,240 per year:

Monthly Net Income:

• Gross income: \$110,240
• Taxes and deductions (30%): \$33,072
• Take Home Pay: \$77,168 annually / \$6,430 monthly

Monthly Expenses:

• Rent: \$1,200 (1 bedroom apartment)
• Used Car Payment: \$220
• Car Insurance: \$120
• Gas: \$80
• Groceries and Dining Out: \$500
• Utilities: \$250
• Cable/Internet: \$100
• Cell Phone: \$80
• Health Insurance: \$400
• Entertainment: \$150
• Clothing: \$75
• Retirement Savings: \$300
• Emergency Fund Savings: \$300
• Total Expenses: \$3,875

Remaining Income: \$2,555

This budget shows \$53 an hour providing a lower-middle class lifestyle with limited wiggle room. Strict budgets on housing, transportation, utilities and discretionary costs would be required to save and reach financial goals over time.

## In Summary

• An income of \$53 per hour translates to around \$110,240 per year assuming full-time work.
• This salary realistically supports a lower-middle to middle-class lifestyle depending on where you live.
• Education, certifications and gaining experience can potentially help you earn \$53 per hour.
• Buying a median priced home would be very difficult on this income in most areas. Buying a used car is affordable.
• Inflation steadily diminishes the real value of a fixed \$53 per hour wage over time.
• While covering basic needs, \$53 an hour requires strict budgeting and lacks major financial flexibility.
• Home ownership may be possible in lower cost markets with diligent saving and strict budgets. Renting often makes more sense.
• With prudent money management, \$53 an hour provides a simple but comfortable lifestyle, but not lavish. Further income growth is key to build wealth long-term.

In summary, \$53 per hour reflects a lower-middle income level that demands budget tradeoffs but can certainly provide a decent lifestyle. Supplemental income and further career growth become more important over time to maintain purchasing power and achieve major financial goals. But the income is livable with the right money mindset.