Living Wage Calculation for Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

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 $13.69 $28.85 $33.21 $40.85 $21.61 $26.29 $28.83 $32.40 $30.31 $10.13 $15.56 $17.93 $20.82
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 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10 $10.10

*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 $8,452 $12,324 $16,195 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,452 $12,324 $16,195
Medical $2,479 $7,633 $7,289 $7,372 $5,740 $7,289 $7,372 $7,091 $5,740 $7,289 $7,372 $7,091
Housing $11,016 $16,932 $16,932 $21,780 $13,500 $16,932 $16,932 $21,780 $11,016 $16,932 $16,932 $21,780
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 $23,935 $50,550 $58,193 $71,553 $37,849 $46,057 $50,520 $56,749 $35,365 $54,509 $62,844 $72,944
Annual taxes $4,544 $9,460 $10,890 $13,419 $7,104 $8,620 $9,455 $10,650 $6,758 $10,201 $11,759 $13,679
Required annual income before taxes $28,479 $60,010 $69,083 $84,972 $44,953 $54,678 $59,975 $67,399 $63,053 $42,123 $64,710 $74,603 $86,623

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $117,397
Business & Financial Operations $73,563
Computer & Mathematical $98,355
Architecture & Engineering $87,893
Life, Physical, & Social Science $70,889
Community & Social Service $47,732
Legal $67,854
Education, Training, & Library $60,478
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $52,958
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $73,872
Healthcare Support $31,972
Protective Service $44,132
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,510
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,446
Personal Care & Service $25,183
Sales & Related $28,516
Office & Administrative Support $38,803
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,954
Construction & Extraction $47,012
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,687
Production $36,787
Transportation & Material Moving $35,439