Living Wage Calculation for Pierce County, Washington

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 (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $10.39 $23.38 $27.76 $35.46 $17.52 $21.61 $24.06 $28.36 $8.31 $12.93 $15.17 $18.34
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 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47

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 (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $3,594 $5,289 $7,939 $10,543 $6,589 $8,193 $10,556 $12,862 $6,589 $8,193 $10,556 $12,862
Child Care $0 $7,809 $11,564 $15,318 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,809 $11,564 $15,318
Medical $1,845 $6,234 $6,035 $6,003 $4,722 $6,035 $6,003 $6,118 $4,722 $6,035 $6,003 $6,118
Housing $7,560 $11,988 $11,988 $17,664 $9,204 $11,988 $11,988 $17,664 $7,560 $11,988 $11,988 $17,664
Transportation $3,885 $7,669 $8,690 $10,235 $7,669 $8,690 $10,235 $10,331 $7,669 $8,690 $10,235 $10,331
Other $2,237 $4,059 $4,880 $5,514 $4,059 $4,880 $5,514 $5,225 $4,059 $4,880 $5,514 $5,225
Required annual income after taxes $19,121 $43,048 $51,095 $65,277 $32,243 $39,785 $44,296 $52,200 $30,599 $47,594 $55,859 $67,518
Annual taxes $2,484 $5,592 $6,637 $8,480 $4,188 $5,168 $5,754 $6,781 $3,975 $6,183 $7,256 $8,771
Required annual income before taxes $21,605 $48,640 $57,732 $73,757 $36,432 $44,953 $50,050 $58,981 $34,574 $53,777 $63,116 $76,289

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $105,260
Business & Financial Operations $68,860
Computer & Mathematical $102,190
Architecture & Engineering $87,110
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,030
Community & Social Service $44,810
Legal $79,070
Education, Training, & Library $48,150
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,400
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $73,380
Healthcare Support $32,480
Protective Service $46,790
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,600
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,180
Personal Care & Service $24,940
Sales & Related $29,860
Office & Administrative Support $36,920
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,600
Construction & Extraction $52,480
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,840
Production $37,680
Transportation & Material Moving $34,140