Living Wage Calculation for Columbus, IN

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 $10.30 $21.29 $26.01 $31.72 $17.32 $21.18 $23.63 $25.75 $12.19 $8.22 $12.19 $14.29 $16.22
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 $3,047 $4,613 $6,867 $9,073 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031
Child Care $0 $5,673 $8,789 $11,906 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,673 $8,789 $11,906
Medical $2,174 $5,891 $5,604 $5,765 $5,089 $5,604 $5,765 $5,623 $5,089 $5,604 $5,765 $5,623
Housing $6,300 $9,444 $9,444 $11,904 $7,908 $9,444 $9,444 $11,904 $6,300 $9,444 $9,444 $11,904
Transportation $4,235 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498
Other $2,560 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702
Required annual income after taxes $18,316 $37,837 $46,235 $56,367 $30,800 $37,649 $42,008 $45,758 $29,192 $43,322 $50,797 $57,664
Annual taxes $3,117 $6,439 $7,870 $9,609 $5,226 $6,407 $7,149 $7,802 $5,005 $7,373 $8,647 $9,830
Required annual income before taxes $21,433 $44,276 $54,105 $65,977 $36,027 $44,056 $49,157 $53,560 $50,696 $34,198 $50,696 $59,444 $67,495

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $106,090
Business & Financial Operations $55,280
Computer & Mathematical $66,760
Architecture & Engineering $72,800
Life, Physical, & Social Science $49,250
Community & Social Service $37,600
Legal $47,640
Education, Training, & Library $32,050
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,800
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $51,760
Healthcare Support $26,000
Protective Service $30,330
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,910
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,720
Personal Care & Service $19,580
Sales & Related $24,450
Office & Administrative Support $31,290
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $44,010
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,500
Production $30,330
Transportation & Material Moving $31,100