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 $11.42 $22.91 $26.29 $32.12 $18.94 $22.52 $25.12 $27.87 $24.77 $8.94 $12.61 $14.50 $16.46
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 $7.25 $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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $4,621 $6,660 $8,699 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,621 $6,660 $8,699
Medical $2,342 $7,149 $6,805 $6,887 $5,243 $6,805 $6,887 $6,606 $5,243 $6,805 $6,887 $6,606
Housing $7,240 $10,518 $10,518 $13,866 $9,160 $10,518 $10,518 $13,866 $7,240 $10,518 $10,518 $13,866
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $20,023 $39,820 $45,631 $55,658 $33,012 $39,159 $43,621 $48,350 $31,092 $43,780 $50,281 $57,049
Annual taxes $3,722 $7,828 $9,045 $11,146 $6,383 $7,689 $8,624 $9,615 $6,115 $8,657 $10,019 $11,438
Required annual income before taxes $23,744 $47,648 $54,676 $66,804 $39,395 $46,848 $52,245 $57,965 $51,531 $37,207 $52,437 $60,301 $68,487

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,829
Business & Financial Operations $57,876
Computer & Mathematical $68,873
Architecture & Engineering $71,671
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,388
Community & Social Service $38,772
Legal $59,285
Education, Training, & Library $45,932
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,908
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,318
Healthcare Support $26,345
Protective Service $34,616
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,319
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,732
Personal Care & Service $20,945
Sales & Related $24,741
Office & Administrative Support $34,236
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,436
Construction & Extraction $38,978
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,011
Production $37,610
Transportation & Material Moving $27,652