Living Wage Calculation for Lee 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 $9.76 $22.20 $25.30 $31.36 $16.95 $19.93 $23.03 $25.05 $15.56 $8.48 $12.00 $14.27 $16.01
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 $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 $3,050 $4,489 $6,755 $8,966 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932
Child Care $0 $6,985 $9,426 $11,868 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,985 $9,426 $11,868
Medical $2,266 $6,291 $6,011 $6,068 $4,698 $6,011 $6,068 $5,738 $4,698 $6,011 $6,068 $5,738
Housing $4,812 $7,584 $7,584 $9,924 $6,060 $7,584 $7,584 $9,924 $6,060 $7,584 $7,584 $9,924
Transportation $4,173 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827
Other $2,877 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088
Required annual income after taxes $17,179 $38,625 $43,960 $54,257 $29,625 $34,732 $40,059 $43,508 $29,625 $41,717 $49,485 $55,376
Annual taxes $3,120 $7,546 $8,657 $10,968 $5,638 $6,729 $7,839 $8,603 $5,638 $8,188 $9,862 $11,211
Required annual income before taxes $20,299 $46,171 $52,617 $65,225 $35,263 $41,461 $47,898 $52,112 $48,536 $35,263 $49,905 $59,347 $66,587

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $82,349
Business & Financial Operations $59,686
Computer & Mathematical $73,113
Architecture & Engineering $67,681
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,775
Community & Social Service $39,514
Legal $59,296
Education, Training, & Library $44,454
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $34,430
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,478
Healthcare Support $28,915
Protective Service $40,826
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,670
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,031
Personal Care & Service $23,134
Sales & Related $25,123
Office & Administrative Support $33,702
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,677
Construction & Extraction $42,363
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,224
Production $33,979
Transportation & Material Moving $33,425