Living Wage Calculation for Bowling Green, KY

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 $11.10 $22.77 $28.18 $35.95 $17.58 $21.43 $24.00 $26.65 $24.45 $8.70 $12.52 $15.43 $18.38
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $6,280 $11,915 $17,549 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,280 $11,915 $17,549
Medical $2,269 $6,871 $6,527 $6,609 $4,986 $6,527 $6,609 $6,329 $4,986 $6,527 $6,609 $6,329
Housing $6,754 $9,020 $9,020 $12,242 $7,103 $9,020 $9,020 $12,242 $6,754 $9,020 $9,020 $12,242
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $19,463 $39,704 $49,110 $62,607 $30,698 $37,383 $41,846 $46,449 $30,349 $43,663 $53,761 $63,998
Annual taxes $3,630 $7,649 $9,507 $12,169 $5,872 $7,191 $8,072 $8,978 $5,824 $8,431 $10,425 $12,444
Required annual income before taxes $23,093 $47,352 $58,616 $74,776 $36,570 $44,573 $49,917 $55,427 $50,863 $36,172 $52,094 $64,186 $76,442

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $77,884
Business & Financial Operations $54,841
Computer & Mathematical $56,446
Architecture & Engineering $65,817
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,528
Community & Social Service $36,211
Legal $54,594
Education, Training, & Library $52,444
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $31,129
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,011
Healthcare Support $25,625
Protective Service $29,576
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,720
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,578
Personal Care & Service $20,451
Sales & Related $24,206
Office & Administrative Support $30,615
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,652
Construction & Extraction $39,976
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,058
Production $35,984
Transportation & Material Moving $30,604