Living Wage Calculation for Columbia, SC

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 $11.01 $22.66 $25.47 $31.72 $18.69 $21.73 $24.76 $27.34 $15.98 $8.84 $12.20 $14.31 $16.18
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 $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $4,593 $6,619 $8,645 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,593 $6,619 $8,645
Medical $2,371 $7,010 $6,729 $6,787 $5,112 $6,729 $6,787 $6,456 $5,112 $6,729 $6,787 $6,456
Housing $7,080 $10,332 $10,332 $13,663 $8,939 $10,332 $10,332 $13,663 $7,080 $10,332 $10,332 $13,663
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $19,329 $39,377 $44,219 $54,962 $32,572 $37,794 $42,996 $47,430 $30,714 $42,387 $49,615 $56,075
Annual taxes $3,574 $7,751 $8,768 $11,020 $6,300 $7,413 $8,507 $9,429 $6,041 $8,382 $9,903 $11,252
Required annual income before taxes $22,903 $47,128 $52,988 $65,981 $38,872 $45,207 $51,503 $56,859 $49,868 $36,754 $50,769 $59,518 $67,327

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $91,604
Business & Financial Operations $56,037
Computer & Mathematical $66,543
Architecture & Engineering $66,974
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,337
Community & Social Service $37,946
Legal $57,892
Education, Training, & Library $45,623
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,925
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,021
Healthcare Support $25,400
Protective Service $35,209
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,004
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,022
Personal Care & Service $20,654
Sales & Related $24,610
Office & Administrative Support $33,282
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,968
Construction & Extraction $38,653
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $41,841
Production $36,552
Transportation & Material Moving $28,864