Living Wage Calculation for Pondera County, Montana

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 $10.82 $23.72 $29.45 $37.90 $18.45 $22.04 $24.80 $28.04 $25.54 $9.23 $13.11 $16.17 $19.46
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 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30

*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 $3,573 $5,267 $7,929 $10,517 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820
Child Care $0 $7,202 $12,973 $18,744 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,202 $12,973 $18,744
Medical $2,349 $7,728 $7,384 $7,466 $5,727 $7,384 $7,466 $7,186 $5,727 $7,384 $7,466 $7,186
Housing $5,916 $8,364 $8,364 $12,168 $7,284 $8,364 $8,364 $12,168 $7,284 $8,364 $8,364 $12,168
Transportation $4,206 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307
Other $2,976 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121
Required annual income after taxes $19,020 $41,174 $51,037 $65,577 $32,176 $38,288 $43,041 $48,602 $32,176 $45,490 $56,014 $67,346
Annual taxes $3,492 $8,154 $10,210 $13,252 $6,203 $7,552 $8,543 $9,713 $6,203 $9,054 $11,248 $13,621
Required annual income before taxes $22,512 $49,328 $61,247 $78,829 $38,379 $45,840 $51,584 $58,315 $53,132 $38,379 $54,544 $67,262 $80,968

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $80,836
Business & Financial Operations $57,238
Computer & Mathematical $60,766
Architecture & Engineering $68,759
Life, Physical, & Social Science $51,199
Community & Social Service $38,093
Legal $58,205
Education, Training, & Library $37,702
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $31,684
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,173
Healthcare Support $28,876
Protective Service $43,011
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,181
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,944
Personal Care & Service $23,619
Sales & Related $26,088
Office & Administrative Support $32,405
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,625
Construction & Extraction $47,568
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,671
Production $35,522
Transportation & Material Moving $35,912