Can You Live With Min. Wage in India

Recently in India there was a labour union strike, where amongs other demands was the demand to increase the minimums wages through out the country to Rs. 15000 per month. This will help you realize the hard choices that a minimum waged worker have to make living on the smallest paychecks.

This visualization is inspired/replica of NYT Minimum Wage
Related visualization.

Select a state first


Enter monthly rent payments or EMI that you would expect to pay for a home in your area.


Enter monthly cost you spend on food, groceries, restaurants or meals.


Enter your monthly bus, taxi, auto, metro, train fare or monthly fuel expenses for your car or bike.

Loans or Debt

Enter monthly EMI payments for any loans (except house loan as it is accounted in housing) and other debts.

Bills And Services

Enter monthly amount for electricity, gas, phone, water etc.

Household Utilities

Enter monthly spend on household utilities like cloths, toilet supplies etc.


Enter the monthly amount you would expect to spend on misc. expenses like insurance, healthcare, taxes (people in min. salary don't fall under tax bracket) etc.

Assumption: 26 working days per month
Each pixel is Rs. 1
For Tripura the minimum min wage is for women working 5 hrs (instead of 8) a day
The states or UTs with only one min. wage has the same least min. wage and max. min. wage
All the values are in Indian National Rupees and per month
Data from Report On The Working Of The Minimum Wages Act, 1948 for 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Labour Bureau of India