Living Wage Calculation for Billings, MT

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 $10.19 $22.57 $29.77 $38.78 $17.43 $21.83 $24.56 $27.58 $12.94 $8.50 $12.94 $16.32 $19.84
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 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05

*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 $3,560 $5,390 $8,023 $10,601 $6,527 $8,260 $10,608 $12,889 $6,527 $8,260 $10,608 $12,889
Child Care $0 $6,972 $13,920 $20,868 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,972 $13,920 $20,868
Medical $1,741 $5,997 $5,710 $5,871 $5,300 $5,710 $5,871 $5,728 $5,300 $5,710 $5,871 $5,728
Housing $6,139 $9,294 $9,294 $12,952 $6,943 $9,294 $9,294 $12,952 $6,139 $9,294 $9,294 $12,952
Transportation $3,768 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $10,231 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $10,231
Other $2,799 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $6,235 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $18,007 $39,372 $51,790 $67,332 $30,491 $38,107 $42,813 $48,035 $29,687 $45,079 $56,733 $68,903
Annual taxes $3,185 $7,565 $10,128 $13,324 $5,763 $7,304 $8,275 $9,341 $5,653 $8,743 $11,148 $13,648
Required annual income before taxes $21,192 $46,936 $61,918 $80,656 $36,254 $45,410 $51,088 $57,375 $53,821 $35,340 $53,821 $67,882 $82,550

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $79,590
Business & Financial Operations $55,740
Computer & Mathematical $58,640
Architecture & Engineering $67,930
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,080
Community & Social Service $35,310
Legal $59,190
Education, Training, & Library $42,630
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $31,250
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,460
Healthcare Support $27,360
Protective Service $35,790
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,490
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,710
Personal Care & Service $21,800
Sales & Related $24,710
Office & Administrative Support $31,250
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $22,720
Construction & Extraction $44,960
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,770
Production $35,710
Transportation & Material Moving $33,900