Who pays a living wage?

Durham businesses are doing well by doing good.

The following employers are Durham living wage certified employers:



Center Studio Architecture*

Ellen Cassilly Architect, Inc.*

Linton Architects



Arts, Culture, and Entertainment             

Markay Media

Merge Records*

Southern Documentary Fund


Child Care and Education

Family Preschool

First Presbyterian Day School

Fun Spaces, Inc.

Latino Educational Achievement Project 


Cleaning Services




Nido Durham


Education / Classes / Training

Ninth Street Dance

Raleigh/ Durham JATC

The Goddard School


Employment Services


StepUp Durham


Faith / Spirituality

Durham Congregations in Action*

First Presbyterian Church

Watts Street Baptist Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church


Farms / Retail and Wholesale

Eastern Carolina Organics

Farmer Foodshare

Funny Girl Farm


Financial Services / Banking

Latino Community Credit Union


Food / Beverage / Restaurant

Bean Traders*

Big Spoon Roasters

Bottle 501

Cocoa Cinnamon*

Counter Culture Coffee

Durham Catering Co.

Durham Distillery

Durty Bull Brewing Company

East Durham Pie Company

First Hand Foods

Fullsteam Brewery*

Joe Van Gogh

Local Yogurt

Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas


Old Havana Sandwich Shop

Ponysaurus Brewing

Rise Biscuits and Donuts*

Snap Pea Underground and Catering

The Parlour*


Healthcare / Wellness

Any Lab Test Now

Blue Point Yoga

Carolina Partners in Mental HealthCare

Emerald Doulas

Levin Endodontics



Home Improvement / Construction

Acanthus Construction*

Alternative Aire

Clear-Vue Glass

Comfort Engineers

E&W Electrical, LLC

Thompson Joinery


Information Technology

Caktus Group


KONTEK Systems*

Net Friends*

Savas Labs

SciMed Solutions*

ShiftZen, Inc.


Landscape / Gardening

Bountiful Backyards*

Carolina Organic Lawns

Environs Landscaping*

Leaf and Limb

Pleasant Green Grass


Legal Services

Kennon Craver

McGill and Noble



Marketing and Communications

Storyboard Media

The Change Creation


Media and Journalism

Indy Week


Community Organizations

Durham People's Alliance

East Durham Children's Initiative

El Futuro*

Exchange Family Center

Habitat for Humanity of Durham*

Housing for New Hope, Inc.


Meals on Wheels of Durham*

NC MomsRising.org*

Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South 

Student Action with Farmworkers*

The Institute*

The People's Alliance Fund

The Volunteer Center


Pest Control

Mosquito Tek


Pet Care

Bones Pet Care

Broadway Veterinary Hospital

Bull City Pet Sitting*


Kate's Critter Care



Light Messages Publishing


Real Estate, Rental, and Leasing

Hamill Properties

Triple E Property Management


Recycling / Composting

Compost Now

Food FWD


Retail/ Wholesale

Be Pure Beauty

Bulldega Urban Market

Candle Science


NC Made

One World Market*


Vaguely Reminiscent*

Vert & Vogue

Salons / Spas / Barbershops

A Go-Go Salon

Moshi Moshi

Rock Paper Scissors Salon and Gallery

*Founding members of Durham Living Wage Project


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  • commented 2016-03-12 11:20:02 -0500
    I fully endorse this program for full-time employees who have families or individuals who are on their own and finished with schooling. However, I have not seen anything about wages for teens, high schoolers and full-time college or trade school students working part time. I feel the most important time in a person’s ‘young working’ life is when they are gaining experience in the work environment. They do not have the skills or understanding of business to be able to contribute to the businesses success and are in a ‘learning’ environment provided by the business.

    The teens and high schoolers are more than likely just working for spending money or may be contributing to their family. The students (college or trade schools) may be working to support their rent, food and tuition as well. In both instances, these young people are gaining a work experience while contributing less than the full needs of the employer. I feel it is unreasonable to expect the business to pay ‘living wages’ to an employee who needs more supervision, more training and is more likely not to stay with that employer.

    By setting ‘living wages’ the employer is less likely to hire young, part-time employees. You need to set a dividing line that separates these young part-time employees from older, more experienced employees. In fact, even older employees, if they have no experience in the particular business, need a required period of time for training and experience in that business before the employer is expected to pay a ‘living wage’.