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 $10.62 $21.16 $26.34 $32.94 $17.21 $21.41 $24.26 $27.20 $12.33 $8.38 $12.33 $14.48 $16.84
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 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65

*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 $5,036 $8,177 $11,319 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,036 $8,177 $11,319
Medical $2,091 $5,970 $5,684 $5,844 $5,040 $5,684 $5,844 $5,702 $5,040 $5,684 $5,844 $5,702
Housing $7,044 $9,900 $9,900 $13,752 $7,860 $9,900 $9,900 $13,752 $7,044 $9,900 $9,900 $13,752
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 $18,977 $37,736 $46,159 $57,708 $30,704 $38,185 $42,543 $47,686 $29,888 $43,221 $50,720 $59,005
Annual taxes $3,121 $6,269 $8,623 $10,810 $5,090 $6,344 $7,927 $8,882 $4,978 $8,057 $9,500 $11,060
Required annual income before taxes $22,098 $44,004 $54,782 $68,518 $35,794 $44,529 $50,470 $56,568 $51,278 $34,866 $51,278 $60,220 $70,065

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $77,130
Business & Financial Operations $50,320
Computer & Mathematical $55,110
Architecture & Engineering $66,200
Life, Physical, & Social Science $49,070
Community & Social Service $37,810
Legal $65,200
Education, Training, & Library $51,140
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,470
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,630
Healthcare Support $25,560
Protective Service $27,890
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,610
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,210
Personal Care & Service $20,690
Sales & Related $22,970
Office & Administrative Support $30,540
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,430
Construction & Extraction $42,990
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,090
Production $32,330
Transportation & Material Moving $25,430