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 $9.83 $21.94 $27.46 $34.67 $16.38 $21.44 $23.97 $26.78 $12.56 $7.91 $12.56 $15.06 $17.71
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 $6,352 $10,570 $14,789 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,352 $10,570 $14,789
Medical $2,137 $6,599 $6,313 $6,473 $4,511 $6,313 $6,473 $6,331 $4,511 $6,313 $6,473 $6,331
Housing $5,404 $8,576 $8,576 $12,175 $6,428 $8,576 $8,576 $12,175 $5,404 $8,576 $8,576 $12,175
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 $17,383 $38,357 $47,857 $60,230 $28,742 $37,490 $41,849 $46,738 $27,718 $43,842 $52,419 $61,527
Annual taxes $3,062 $7,288 $9,254 $11,886 $5,335 $7,110 $8,005 $8,968 $5,194 $8,414 $10,242 $12,166
Required annual income before taxes $20,445 $45,645 $57,111 $72,116 $34,077 $44,600 $49,854 $55,706 $52,257 $32,913 $52,257 $62,661 $73,694

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $90,200
Business & Financial Operations $58,060
Computer & Mathematical $75,620
Architecture & Engineering $69,690
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,380
Community & Social Service $36,630
Legal $54,060
Education, Training, & Library $41,190
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,800
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $52,090
Healthcare Support $27,270
Protective Service $0
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,850
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,220
Personal Care & Service $20,900
Sales & Related $25,120
Office & Administrative Support $33,120
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,650
Construction & Extraction $44,970
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,830
Production $38,400
Transportation & Material Moving $33,650