Living Wage Calculation for Bismarck, ND

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 $10.37 $22.28 $27.80 $34.97 $16.80 $21.60 $24.03 $26.80 $12.67 $8.21 $12.67 $15.17 $17.84
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 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

*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 $3,047 $4,613 $6,867 $9,073 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031
Child Care $0 $6,697 $11,328 $15,959 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,697 $11,328 $15,959
Medical $2,165 $7,053 $6,766 $6,927 $5,175 $6,766 $6,927 $6,784 $5,175 $6,766 $6,927 $6,784
Housing $6,772 $9,751 $9,751 $13,441 $7,444 $9,751 $9,751 $13,441 $6,772 $9,751 $9,751 $13,441
Transportation $4,235 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498
Other $2,560 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702
Required annual income after taxes $18,779 $40,330 $50,243 $63,120 $30,422 $39,118 $43,476 $48,458 $29,750 $45,815 $54,804 $64,417
Annual taxes $2,787 $6,010 $7,574 $9,608 $4,516 $5,818 $6,506 $7,294 $4,424 $6,875 $8,294 $9,812
Required annual income before taxes $21,566 $46,339 $57,817 $72,727 $34,938 $44,936 $49,982 $55,752 $52,690 $34,173 $52,690 $63,098 $74,229

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $79,680
Business & Financial Operations $56,610
Computer & Mathematical $61,830
Architecture & Engineering $63,210
Life, Physical, & Social Science $54,850
Community & Social Service $46,650
Legal $72,710
Education, Training, & Library $48,390
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $33,580
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $54,110
Healthcare Support $29,500
Protective Service $41,770
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,800
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,250
Personal Care & Service $27,090
Sales & Related $27,680
Office & Administrative Support $33,410
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,820
Construction & Extraction $42,940
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,020
Production $36,340
Transportation & Material Moving $33,910