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 $11.65 $23.56 $27.13 $33.39 $18.58 $22.45 $25.02 $28.02 $25.29 $9.08 $12.92 $14.91 $17.10
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 $5,895 $8,306 $10,717 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,895 $8,306 $10,717
Medical $2,392 $7,662 $7,318 $7,401 $5,495 $7,318 $7,401 $7,120 $5,495 $7,318 $7,401 $7,120
Housing $7,452 $9,876 $9,876 $13,704 $8,220 $9,876 $9,876 $13,704 $7,452 $9,876 $9,876 $13,704
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 $20,284 $40,966 $47,148 $58,028 $32,324 $39,030 $43,493 $48,702 $31,556 $44,925 $51,799 $59,419
Annual taxes $3,946 $8,046 $9,279 $11,431 $6,325 $7,660 $8,550 $9,570 $6,218 $8,836 $10,207 $11,709
Required annual income before taxes $24,230 $49,012 $56,427 $69,459 $38,649 $46,690 $52,043 $58,272 $52,605 $37,774 $53,761 $62,006 $71,127

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,965
Business & Financial Operations $60,879
Computer & Mathematical $82,585
Architecture & Engineering $63,420
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,302
Community & Social Service $38,258
Legal $69,397
Education, Training, & Library $44,873
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $33,588
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,814
Healthcare Support $24,679
Protective Service $37,075
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,371
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,405
Personal Care & Service $20,204
Sales & Related $22,251
Office & Administrative Support $30,944
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,493
Construction & Extraction $36,046
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,783
Production $31,705
Transportation & Material Moving $25,666