Living Wage Calculation for Baca County, Colorado

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). All values are per adult in a family unless otherwise noted. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as gross annual income. We have converted it to an hourly wage for the sake of comparison.

For further detail, please reference the technical documentation here.

Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $11.10 $23.97 $27.99 $35.60 $18.19 $20.77 $23.90 $26.90 $16.73 $9.10 $12.97 $15.63 $18.22
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 $6.00
Minimum Wage $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20

*Documentation for families with an adult working part-time is available separately, here.

Typical Expenses

These figures show the individual expenses that went into the living wage estimate. Their values vary by family size, composition, and the current location.

Annual Expenses 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $3,564 $5,245 $7,893 $10,476 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773
Child Care $0 $9,076 $12,887 $16,697 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,076 $12,887 $16,697
Medical $2,395 $6,820 $6,540 $6,597 $5,638 $6,540 $6,597 $6,267 $5,638 $6,540 $6,597 $6,267
Housing $6,756 $8,172 $8,172 $11,892 $7,080 $8,172 $8,172 $11,892 $7,080 $8,172 $8,172 $11,892
Transportation $3,860 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013
Other $2,803 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932
Required annual income after taxes $19,378 $41,821 $48,863 $62,108 $31,759 $36,208 $41,702 $46,876 $31,759 $45,284 $54,589 $63,573
Annual taxes $3,716 $8,046 $9,358 $11,931 $6,085 $6,995 $8,019 $9,085 $6,085 $8,690 $10,425 $12,203
Required annual income before taxes $23,094 $49,867 $58,222 $74,039 $37,844 $43,203 $49,721 $55,962 $52,194 $37,844 $53,974 $65,014 $75,776

Typical Annual Salaries

These are the typical annual salaries for various professions in this location.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $113,878
Business & Financial Operations $71,238
Computer & Mathematical $93,757
Architecture & Engineering $83,179
Life, Physical, & Social Science $68,644
Community & Social Service $46,033
Legal $81,447
Education, Training, & Library $46,607
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,110
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $70,192
Healthcare Support $31,755
Protective Service $42,456
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,849
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,496
Personal Care & Service $24,139
Sales & Related $30,883
Office & Administrative Support $37,003
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,625
Construction & Extraction $44,085
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,873
Production $34,409
Transportation & Material Moving $34,051