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 $10.33 $20.94 $27.04 $34.40 $16.77 $20.95 $23.42 $25.88 $12.05 $8.31 $12.05 $14.81 $17.57
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 $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 $5,483 $10,793 $16,104 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,483 $10,793 $16,104
Medical $1,998 $5,760 $5,474 $5,634 $4,910 $5,474 $5,634 $5,492 $4,910 $5,474 $5,634 $5,492
Housing $6,307 $8,450 $8,450 $11,453 $6,584 $8,450 $8,450 $11,453 $6,307 $8,450 $8,450 $11,453
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 $18,147 $36,576 $47,183 $59,994 $29,329 $36,589 $40,893 $45,169 $29,052 $42,072 $51,686 $61,273
Annual taxes $3,344 $6,977 $9,050 $11,562 $5,559 $6,980 $7,821 $8,665 $5,520 $8,051 $9,930 $11,812
Required annual income before taxes $21,492 $43,553 $56,233 $71,556 $34,887 $43,569 $48,714 $53,835 $50,123 $34,573 $50,123 $61,616 $73,086

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $74,470
Business & Financial Operations $50,960
Computer & Mathematical $55,210
Architecture & Engineering $69,350
Life, Physical, & Social Science $50,620
Community & Social Service $33,980
Legal $53,700
Education, Training, & Library $47,550
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $30,650
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $51,500
Healthcare Support $24,530
Protective Service $29,220
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,690
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $19,450
Personal Care & Service $18,830
Sales & Related $20,220
Office & Administrative Support $27,970
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $20,050
Construction & Extraction $35,230
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $36,200
Production $31,340
Transportation & Material Moving $25,920