Living Wage Calculation for Columbia, MO

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 $11.13 $23.17 $27.24 $33.78 $18.63 $22.61 $25.25 $28.03 $25.05 $9.08 $12.76 $15.00 $17.30
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 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85

*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 $5,056 $8,224 $11,392 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,056 $8,224 $11,392
Medical $2,267 $8,173 $7,830 $7,912 $5,991 $7,830 $7,912 $7,631 $5,991 $7,830 $7,912 $7,631
Housing $6,516 $9,108 $9,108 $12,516 $7,392 $9,108 $9,108 $12,516 $6,516 $9,108 $9,108 $12,516
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 $19,493 $40,345 $47,405 $58,738 $32,490 $39,373 $43,949 $48,774 $31,614 $44,429 $52,173 $60,166
Annual taxes $3,665 $7,853 $9,262 $11,520 $6,265 $7,659 $8,572 $9,532 $6,143 $8,668 $10,213 $11,805
Required annual income before taxes $23,158 $48,198 $56,666 $70,258 $38,755 $47,032 $52,521 $58,306 $52,106 $37,757 $53,097 $62,385 $71,970

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $82,266
Business & Financial Operations $55,129
Computer & Mathematical $59,398
Architecture & Engineering $68,019
Life, Physical, & Social Science $52,053
Community & Social Service $39,688
Legal $64,655
Education, Training, & Library $51,652
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,972
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,408
Healthcare Support $26,284
Protective Service $35,511
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,122
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,808
Personal Care & Service $22,663
Sales & Related $25,276
Office & Administrative Support $32,415
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,503
Construction & Extraction $45,696
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,501
Production $36,293
Transportation & Material Moving $28,722