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 $10.68 $23.24 $26.93 $33.24 $17.59 $21.53 $24.18 $27.08 $24.94 $8.54 $12.80 $14.86 $17.04
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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $7,028 $9,485 $11,942 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,028 $9,485 $11,942
Medical $2,237 $6,427 $6,084 $6,166 $4,828 $6,084 $6,166 $5,885 $4,828 $6,084 $6,166 $5,885
Housing $5,879 $9,033 $9,033 $12,621 $6,825 $9,033 $9,033 $12,621 $5,879 $9,033 $9,033 $12,621
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $18,826 $40,496 $46,845 $57,647 $30,759 $37,552 $42,128 $47,133 $29,813 $44,580 $51,613 $59,075
Annual taxes $3,398 $7,835 $9,170 $11,497 $5,827 $7,224 $8,173 $9,197 $5,695 $8,682 $10,213 $11,809
Required annual income before taxes $22,224 $48,331 $56,015 $69,144 $36,586 $44,776 $50,301 $56,330 $51,884 $35,508 $53,262 $61,826 $70,884

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,304
Business & Financial Operations $61,641
Computer & Mathematical $83,347
Architecture & Engineering $72,586
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,575
Community & Social Service $40,634
Legal $70,930
Education, Training, & Library $43,885
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,425
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,900
Healthcare Support $31,376
Protective Service $42,023
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,873
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,006
Personal Care & Service $23,794
Sales & Related $27,323
Office & Administrative Support $35,583
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $36,509
Construction & Extraction $48,597
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,934
Production $41,807
Transportation & Material Moving $35,984