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 $10.64 $22.94 $26.41 $33.38 $18.07 $21.45 $24.88 $27.51 $16.16 $8.80 $12.36 $14.79 $17.01
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 $7.85 $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 $3,050 $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 $5,025 $8,173 $11,322 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,025 $8,173 $11,322
Medical $2,296 $8,031 $7,750 $7,807 $5,857 $7,750 $7,807 $7,477 $5,857 $7,750 $7,807 $7,477
Housing $6,552 $9,264 $9,264 $12,732 $7,428 $9,264 $9,264 $12,732 $6,552 $9,264 $9,264 $12,732
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 $18,949 $40,085 $46,126 $58,259 $32,153 $38,152 $43,479 $48,056 $31,277 $43,177 $51,652 $59,378
Annual taxes $3,188 $7,623 $8,802 $11,166 $5,436 $6,462 $8,282 $9,169 $5,313 $8,225 $9,880 $11,383
Required annual income before taxes $22,137 $47,708 $54,929 $69,425 $37,588 $44,614 $51,760 $57,224 $50,417 $36,590 $51,402 $61,532 $70,761

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $79,694
Business & Financial Operations $52,808
Computer & Mathematical $55,524
Architecture & Engineering $63,058
Life, Physical, & Social Science $50,953
Community & Social Service $39,422
Legal $65,385
Education, Training, & Library $49,641
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,438
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,337
Healthcare Support $26,066
Protective Service $33,056
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,578
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,471
Personal Care & Service $23,391
Sales & Related $25,502
Office & Administrative Support $31,519
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,776
Construction & Extraction $43,450
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,545
Production $33,405
Transportation & Material Moving $25,881