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 $10.92 $24.58 $29.80 $38.83 $18.55 $22.43 $25.63 $28.85 $17.28 $8.97 $13.30 $16.56 $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 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30

*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 $3,564 $5,245 $7,893 $10,476 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773
Child Care $0 $7,157 $12,893 $18,629 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,157 $12,893 $18,629
Medical $2,377 $7,587 $7,306 $7,364 $5,593 $7,306 $7,364 $7,034 $5,593 $7,306 $7,364 $7,034
Housing $6,630 $10,299 $10,299 $14,411 $7,745 $10,299 $10,299 $14,411 $6,630 $10,299 $10,299 $14,411
Transportation $3,860 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013
Other $2,803 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932
Required annual income after taxes $19,233 $42,796 $51,763 $67,325 $32,380 $39,101 $44,596 $50,162 $31,265 $46,258 $57,489 $68,791
Annual taxes $3,470 $8,341 $10,219 $13,443 $6,198 $7,561 $8,711 $9,839 $6,042 $9,063 $11,416 $13,748
Required annual income before taxes $22,703 $51,136 $61,981 $80,769 $38,578 $46,662 $53,306 $60,000 $53,918 $37,307 $55,321 $68,905 $82,539

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,012
Business & Financial Operations $57,923
Computer & Mathematical $59,563
Architecture & Engineering $69,854
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,369
Community & Social Service $37,782
Legal $62,453
Education, Training, & Library $43,388
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $31,888
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,673
Healthcare Support $28,690
Protective Service $40,006
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,623
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,769
Personal Care & Service $23,329
Sales & Related $25,687
Office & Administrative Support $32,892
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,892
Construction & Extraction $45,674
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,293
Production $37,782
Transportation & Material Moving $36,839