Living Wage Calculation for Dallas County, Iowa

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 $10.20 $21.96 $26.68 $33.84 $17.10 $20.80 $23.28 $26.47 $24.41 $8.55 $12.20 $14.65 $17.47
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $5.00 $5.00 $6.00
Minimum Wage $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

*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 $3,076 $4,526 $6,795 $9,024 $5,639 $7,012 $9,035 $11,008 $5,639 $7,012 $9,035 $11,008
Child Care $0 $6,257 $10,412 $14,567 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,257 $10,412 $14,567
Medical $2,261 $5,956 $5,756 $5,725 $4,503 $5,756 $5,725 $5,840 $4,503 $5,756 $5,725 $5,840
Housing $6,336 $9,444 $9,444 $13,140 $7,608 $9,444 $9,444 $13,140 $7,608 $9,444 $9,444 $13,140
Transportation $4,103 $8,098 $9,176 $10,808 $8,098 $9,176 $10,808 $10,910 $8,098 $9,176 $10,808 $10,910
Other $2,418 $4,388 $5,275 $5,961 $4,388 $5,275 $5,961 $5,649 $4,388 $5,275 $5,961 $5,649
Required annual income after taxes $18,194 $38,670 $46,859 $59,224 $30,237 $36,664 $40,972 $46,546 $30,237 $42,922 $51,384 $61,113
Annual taxes $3,026 $7,000 $8,625 $11,156 $5,336 $6,603 $7,456 $8,512 $5,336 $7,842 $9,571 $11,551
Required annual income before taxes $21,220 $45,670 $55,484 $70,380 $35,572 $43,267 $48,428 $55,057 $50,763 $35,572 $50,763 $60,956 $72,664

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $76,790
Business & Financial Operations $56,690
Computer & Mathematical $69,910
Architecture & Engineering $66,190
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,670
Community & Social Service $37,470
Legal $55,700
Education, Training, & Library $42,240
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $33,130
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $53,150
Healthcare Support $26,720
Protective Service $40,720
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,650
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,830
Personal Care & Service $21,430
Sales & Related $23,890
Office & Administrative Support $31,740
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,150
Construction & Extraction $40,560
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,370
Production $32,070
Transportation & Material Moving $31,180