Living Wage Calculation for District of Columbia, District of Columbia

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 $17.76 $30.34 $33.60 $41.35 $24.62 $29.16 $31.75 $36.49 $32.08 $12.31 $16.32 $18.16 $21.09
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
Minimum Wage $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25

*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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $5,988 $7,823 $9,657 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,988 $7,823 $9,657
Medical $2,478 $7,631 $7,287 $7,370 $5,495 $7,287 $7,370 $7,089 $5,495 $7,287 $7,370 $7,089
Housing $18,048 $21,516 $21,516 $28,236 $18,732 $21,516 $21,516 $28,236 $18,732 $21,516 $21,516 $28,236
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $30,966 $52,668 $58,274 $71,469 $42,836 $50,639 $55,102 $63,203 $42,836 $56,627 $62,925 $72,860
Annual taxes $5,978 $10,434 $11,608 $14,545 $8,374 $10,009 $10,944 $12,689 $8,374 $11,263 $12,627 $14,857
Required annual income before taxes $36,944 $63,102 $69,883 $86,014 $51,210 $60,648 $66,046 $75,892 $66,716 $51,210 $67,891 $75,551 $87,717

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $141,068
Business & Financial Operations $95,578
Computer & Mathematical $109,291
Architecture & Engineering $108,097
Life, Physical, & Social Science $104,363
Community & Social Service $57,948
Legal $160,397
Education, Training, & Library $68,821
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $82,225
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $81,423
Healthcare Support $30,954
Protective Service $57,834
Food Preparation & Serving Related $27,611
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,561
Personal Care & Service $30,584
Sales & Related $32,415
Office & Administrative Support $50,047
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $43,618
Construction & Extraction $53,956
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $57,598
Production $53,555
Transportation & Material Moving $39,379