Forsyth Living Wage

Living wages benefit workers, employers, and the local community at large.

The living wage movement is based on the premise that wages should keep workers and their families above a minimum standard of living. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has not changed since 2009, leaving many workers struggling to make ends meet. With salaries at or even a few dollars above minimum wage, each day workers in Forsyth County are forced to make difficult choices such as buying food or paying rent, filling a prescription or the gas tank. If these workers earned a living wage, rather than the legal minimum of $7.25 per hour, many would be lifted out of poverty.

Benefits of paying a living wage

  • A living wage helps attract employees and keeps them on the job.
  • Turnover falls when employers offer a living wage, and workers who stay tend to be more productive.
  • Many living wage employers also note better morale, attendance, customer relations, and productivity.

Lifting pay boosts business and the local economy

States that have raised their minimum wage are adding jobs at a faster pace than those that did not. And low-wage workers tend to spend nearly every dollar they earn for goods and services closer to home. Every extra dollar going into the pockets of low-wage workers has the potential to add even more to the regional economy.

About Forsyth Living Wage

Through our employer certification program, we recognize local businesses and organizations who pay the 2019 living wage of $14.64 per hour, or $12.76 per hour with health insurance.

Our goals are to:

  • Recognize and recognize employers based in Forsyth County who pay their workers a living wage
  • Provide employers with incentives to pay a living wage
  • Connect members of the community to living wage certified employers and encourage them to support those businesses and organizations
  • Increase awareness of wage inequality and continually certify more living wage employers in our community

Get Certified

Want to become a certified member of our growing living wage community? If you are a designated person with authority to represent your business or organization, simply fill out our application and a member of our certification team will follow up with you.

Have questions about the application or process? Contact us at


Living Wage Certified Employers

We’ve certified the following businesses and organizations as local living wage employers who pay workers $14.64 per hour.

List of certified living wage employers coming soon!

In the meantime, contact with questions or opportunities.