Living Wage Calculation for Columbus, OH

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 $23.45 $27.75 $34.29 $18.29 $21.79 $24.37 $26.92 $25.10 $8.78 $12.88 $15.23 $17.55
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 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30

*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 $7,037 $10,749 $14,461 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,037 $10,749 $14,461
Medical $2,332 $6,081 $5,737 $5,819 $5,182 $5,737 $5,819 $5,539 $5,182 $5,737 $5,819 $5,539
Housing $7,171 $10,831 $10,831 $13,923 $8,493 $10,831 $10,831 $13,923 $7,171 $10,831 $10,831 $13,923
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 $20,212 $41,956 $49,560 $61,122 $32,782 $39,003 $43,579 $48,088 $31,459 $46,040 $54,328 $62,549
Annual taxes $3,121 $6,825 $8,167 $10,205 $5,260 $6,316 $7,111 $7,905 $5,075 $7,546 $9,008 $10,457
Required annual income before taxes $23,334 $48,781 $57,727 $71,327 $38,041 $45,320 $50,691 $55,993 $52,206 $36,534 $53,586 $63,337 $73,006

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,016
Business & Financial Operations $66,969
Computer & Mathematical $88,346
Architecture & Engineering $74,335
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,308
Community & Social Service $45,366
Legal $69,253
Education, Training, & Library $51,827
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,854
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,513
Healthcare Support $25,450
Protective Service $44,862
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,677
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,561
Personal Care & Service $23,064
Sales & Related $28,002
Office & Administrative Support $36,015
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,539
Construction & Extraction $46,056
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,107
Production $37,095
Transportation & Material Moving $29,966