Living Wage Calculation for Columbus, GA

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 $11.22 $23.11 $26.11 $32.71 $18.21 $21.46 $24.46 $27.20 $16.19 $8.96 $12.42 $14.61 $16.68
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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 $5,858 $8,254 $10,651 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,858 $8,254 $10,651
Medical $2,420 $7,521 $7,241 $7,298 $5,363 $7,241 $7,298 $6,968 $5,363 $7,241 $7,298 $6,968
Housing $7,260 $9,324 $9,324 $12,984 $7,776 $9,324 $9,324 $12,984 $7,260 $9,324 $9,324 $12,984
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 $19,558 $40,146 $45,357 $56,800 $31,661 $37,297 $42,499 $47,263 $31,145 $43,155 $50,753 $57,914
Annual taxes $3,789 $7,917 $8,960 $11,234 $6,212 $7,342 $8,383 $9,318 $6,140 $8,518 $10,040 $11,456
Required annual income before taxes $23,347 $48,062 $54,317 $68,035 $37,873 $44,639 $50,882 $56,581 $50,524 $37,285 $51,673 $60,792 $69,369

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $88,089
Business & Financial Operations $63,355
Computer & Mathematical $78,495
Architecture & Engineering $59,717
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,405
Community & Social Service $37,177
Legal $65,262
Education, Training, & Library $44,844
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,620
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,005
Healthcare Support $24,036
Protective Service $36,142
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,188
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $20,941
Personal Care & Service $20,049
Sales & Related $21,300
Office & Administrative Support $30,504
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,518
Construction & Extraction $34,409
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,586
Production $33,097
Transportation & Material Moving $26,722