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 $10.46 $21.28 $25.45 $30.89 $17.71 $22.08 $24.58 $27.06 $12.24 $8.41 $12.24 $14.03 $15.82
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 $2,983 $4,516 $6,722 $8,882 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799
Child Care $0 $4,124 $6,006 $7,888 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,124 $6,006 $7,888
Medical $2,104 $6,566 $6,280 $6,440 $5,020 $6,280 $6,440 $6,298 $5,020 $6,280 $6,440 $6,298
Housing $6,464 $9,517 $9,517 $12,524 $8,102 $9,517 $9,517 $12,524 $6,464 $9,517 $9,517 $12,524
Transportation $4,401 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951
Other $2,458 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474
Required annual income after taxes $18,410 $37,089 $44,269 $53,655 $30,957 $38,461 $42,766 $47,046 $29,319 $42,585 $48,772 $54,934
Annual taxes $3,341 $7,174 $8,663 $10,604 $5,889 $7,458 $8,351 $9,233 $5,664 $8,314 $9,597 $10,869
Required annual income before taxes $21,750 $44,263 $52,931 $64,258 $36,846 $45,919 $51,117 $56,280 $50,899 $34,983 $50,899 $58,368 $65,804

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $88,170
Business & Financial Operations $53,730
Computer & Mathematical $63,400
Architecture & Engineering $63,630
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,870
Community & Social Service $36,630
Legal $53,720
Education, Training, & Library $44,940
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,330
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $52,690
Healthcare Support $23,990
Protective Service $30,920
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,220
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,780
Personal Care & Service $19,290
Sales & Related $23,390
Office & Administrative Support $31,450
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,680
Construction & Extraction $36,230
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,310
Production $32,770
Transportation & Material Moving $28,450