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 $12.81 $27.68 $32.74 $39.85 $20.35 $26.28 $28.74 $31.97 $15.41 $9.58 $15.41 $17.65 $20.29
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 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75

*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 $2,983 $4,516 $6,722 $8,882 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799
Child Care $0 $7,952 $11,531 $15,109 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,952 $11,531 $15,109
Medical $2,405 $8,189 $7,903 $8,063 $5,487 $7,903 $8,063 $7,921 $5,487 $7,903 $8,063 $7,921
Housing $10,212 $15,576 $15,576 $19,956 $12,396 $15,576 $15,576 $19,956 $10,212 $15,576 $15,576 $19,956
Transportation $4,401 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951
Other $2,458 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474
Required annual income after taxes $22,458 $48,599 $57,476 $69,930 $35,719 $46,143 $50,448 $56,101 $33,535 $54,095 $61,979 $71,210
Annual taxes $4,189 $8,983 $10,624 $12,958 $6,617 $8,529 $9,325 $10,401 $6,317 $9,999 $11,457 $13,195
Required annual income before taxes $26,648 $57,582 $68,100 $82,889 $42,335 $54,672 $59,772 $66,502 $64,094 $39,851 $64,094 $73,435 $84,405

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $109,640
Business & Financial Operations $70,080
Computer & Mathematical $91,800
Architecture & Engineering $84,020
Life, Physical, & Social Science $67,460
Community & Social Service $44,520
Legal $63,730
Education, Training, & Library $54,930
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $49,250
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,760
Healthcare Support $29,410
Protective Service $41,670
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,840
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,120
Personal Care & Service $22,990
Sales & Related $26,630
Office & Administrative Support $36,610
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,840
Construction & Extraction $43,420
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,860
Production $35,250
Transportation & Material Moving $32,870