Living Wage Certification Programs

This list of Living Wage Network partners manage certification programs of workplaces that pay a living wage.

Why Certify:
Employers that pay a living wage report better morale, attendance, productivity, customer relations, and lower turnover.

Certification Requirements:
Each organization uses locally developed criteria to determine their program's standards.
See each program's requirements at the links below.


Richmond, Alexandria, & Charlottesville; Virginia
Living Wage Certification

The Living Wage Certification Program is a joint program of the Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the City of Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building.  We certify in Alexandria, Charlottesville, the Richmond area, and other parts of Virginia.

Tompkins County, New York
Living Wage Certification

The Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) launched its living wage employer certification program in 2006. Today, after years of work, TCWC has ensured that thousands of workers in Tompkins County are paid a living wage.

City of Durham, North Carolina

The mission of the Durham Living Wage Project is to support worker livelihoods by urging employers to pay living wages, certifying and publicly recognizing employers, and promoting living wages as a matter of conscience within our community.  Through voluntary certification, we aim to identify, acknowledge, and celebrate businesses and non-profits that pay a living wage. 

La Plata County, colorado

Launched in November 2014, this voluntary program is open to employers in La Plata County and currently includes 90 employers!  This program rewards employers who pay or aspire to pay a living wage and promotes a just and sustainable economy.

Western counties, North Carolina

Just Economics's certification program aims to reward existing Living Wage Certified Employers in our community, to provide employers with tools and incentives to increase workers’ wages up to a living wage, to connect consumers to employers that provide a living wage ,and to promote a just and sustainable local economy.

Orange County, north carolina

Orange County Living Wage works to make living wages the minimum wage a worker can expect in Orange County, NC. We are a volunteer-driven nonprofit whose certification program certifies and promotes employers who voluntarily pay living wages to all full- and part-time employees. Our living-wage-certified employers are a diverse mix of for-profit and nonprofit businesses and public employers who pay over 7000 workers a living wage. 

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Western counties, MASSACHUSETTS

Our mission is to create a community in which workers are paid at least a living wage. All workers should have secure housing, adequate food, clothing, medical care and education for themselves and their families. Living Wage Western Mass invites individuals and organizations to become part of a growing living wage movement.