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 $13.28 $28.46 $32.27 $40.24 $21.30 $25.38 $28.35 $31.69 $19.59 $10.01 $15.09 $17.67 $20.44
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
Minimum Wage $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25 $9.25

*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 $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $8,400 $12,248 $16,095 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,400 $12,248 $16,095
Medical $2,507 $7,493 $7,212 $7,269 $5,607 $7,212 $7,269 $6,939 $5,607 $7,212 $7,269 $6,939
Housing $10,836 $16,512 $16,512 $21,228 $13,164 $16,512 $16,512 $21,228 $10,836 $16,512 $16,512 $21,228
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $23,221 $49,847 $56,511 $70,460 $37,293 $44,456 $49,658 $55,478 $34,965 $52,856 $61,906 $71,573
Annual taxes $4,406 $9,351 $10,602 $13,248 $7,011 $8,336 $9,312 $10,431 $6,686 $9,915 $11,613 $13,455
Required annual income before taxes $27,627 $59,198 $67,112 $83,707 $44,304 $52,793 $58,970 $65,909 $61,124 $41,651 $62,771 $73,519 $85,028

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $114,503
Business & Financial Operations $72,498
Computer & Mathematical $95,223
Architecture & Engineering $84,727
Life, Physical, & Social Science $70,090
Community & Social Service $46,689
Legal $65,774
Education, Training, & Library $58,107
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $51,783
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $71,207
Healthcare Support $30,945
Protective Service $42,968
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,043
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,773
Personal Care & Service $23,954
Sales & Related $28,280
Office & Administrative Support $37,987
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $36,306
Construction & Extraction $46,371
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,841
Production $35,896
Transportation & Material Moving $34,532