Living Wage Calculation for Cedar Rapids, IA

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 $10.28 $22.93 $26.03 $32.82 $17.33 $20.67 $23.76 $26.52 $16.05 $8.39 $12.36 $14.63 $16.74
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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 $3,050 $4,489 $6,755 $8,966 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932
Child Care $0 $6,985 $9,426 $11,868 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,985 $9,426 $11,868
Medical $2,266 $6,291 $6,011 $6,068 $4,698 $6,011 $6,068 $5,738 $4,698 $6,011 $6,068 $5,738
Housing $5,759 $8,923 $8,923 $12,596 $6,749 $8,923 $8,923 $12,596 $5,759 $8,923 $8,923 $12,596
Transportation $4,173 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827
Other $2,877 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088
Required annual income after taxes $18,126 $39,965 $45,299 $56,929 $30,314 $36,071 $41,398 $46,180 $29,324 $43,056 $50,824 $58,048
Annual taxes $3,252 $7,732 $8,843 $11,340 $5,734 $6,916 $8,026 $8,976 $5,596 $8,375 $10,049 $11,584
Required annual income before taxes $21,378 $47,697 $54,143 $68,270 $36,048 $42,987 $49,424 $55,157 $50,062 $34,920 $51,431 $60,873 $69,632

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,677
Business & Financial Operations $60,742
Computer & Mathematical $81,662
Architecture & Engineering $71,115
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,137
Community & Social Service $38,981
Legal $60,906
Education, Training, & Library $41,031
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,095
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,053
Healthcare Support $30,053
Protective Service $41,933
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,039
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,081
Personal Care & Service $23,216
Sales & Related $26,548
Office & Administrative Support $34,635
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,532
Construction & Extraction $45,469
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,774
Production $40,272
Transportation & Material Moving $35,014