A wage or salary that permits a worker to live at least with minimal customary amenities, and above conditions of poverty.
As defined by the "Job Gap Study" ( Northwest Policy Center) a wage that allows families to meet their basic needs without resorting to public assistance and provides them some ability to deal with emergencies and plan ahead. "It is not a poverty wage". [NW Job Gap (Supplement to NW Policy Center's "The Changing Northwest")
a also term often used by advocates to point out that the federal minimum wage is not high enough to support a family