Report: Minimum-wage worker in Florida needs 2.1 full-time jobs to afford one-bedroom apartment

Many minimum-wage workers can't afford a modest apartment

Can't afford a place to live in Florida? You're not alone. 

In Florida, a worker would need to have 2.1 full-time jobs at minimum wage to afford a one-bedroom rental home, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition's annual report. A worker would also have to work 84 hours per week at. 

That's just a one-bedroom rental. What about a two-bedroom?

In Florida, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,118.

In order to afford this level of rent and utilities — without paying more than 30% of income on housing — a household must earn $3,726 monthly or $44,716 annually. Assuming a 40-hour work week, 52 weeks per year, this level of income translates into an hourly Housing Wage of: $21.50

Minimum Wage is currently $8.25 in Florida. 

According to NLIHC, Only five states have one-bedrooms affordable for minimum-wage workers across 22 counties: Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. 

Click here for every state's housing wage, or the hourly pay needed to afford a one-bedroom rental.

About the Author:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.