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 $11.56 $23.06 $27.87 $34.74 $18.22 $21.71 $24.30 $26.67 $24.75 $8.85 $12.68 $15.28 $17.77
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 $7.75 $7.75 $7.75 $7.75 $7.75 $7.75 $7.75 $7.75 $7.75 $7.75 $7.75 $7.75

*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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $6,463 $11,097 $15,731 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,463 $11,097 $15,731
Medical $2,268 $6,293 $5,949 $6,031 $4,730 $5,949 $6,031 $5,751 $4,730 $5,949 $6,031 $5,751
Housing $7,536 $10,116 $10,116 $12,900 $8,484 $10,116 $10,116 $12,900 $7,536 $10,116 $10,116 $12,900
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $20,514 $40,879 $49,405 $61,581 $32,321 $38,500 $43,076 $47,277 $31,373 $44,963 $54,173 $63,008
Annual taxes $3,529 $7,076 $8,556 $10,676 $5,581 $6,664 $7,458 $8,195 $5,449 $7,785 $9,383 $10,924
Required annual income before taxes $24,043 $47,956 $57,961 $72,257 $37,902 $45,164 $50,534 $55,472 $51,481 $36,822 $52,748 $63,556 $73,932

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $91,782
Business & Financial Operations $55,931
Computer & Mathematical $74,777
Architecture & Engineering $63,287
Life, Physical, & Social Science $44,749
Community & Social Service $39,338
Legal $44,945
Education, Training, & Library $39,441
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $32,867
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,380
Healthcare Support $28,279
Protective Service $44,780
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,245
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,681
Personal Care & Service $0
Sales & Related $26,037
Office & Administrative Support $34,071
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $47,218
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,558
Production $33,876
Transportation & Material Moving $30,944