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 $10.75 $23.03 $26.74 $33.64 $17.89 $20.83 $23.83 $26.16 $16.07 $8.60 $12.38 $14.93 $17.14
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 $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 $3,050 $4,489 $6,755 $8,966 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932
Child Care $0 $6,994 $10,683 $14,371 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,994 $10,683 $14,371
Medical $2,361 $5,946 $5,665 $5,723 $5,050 $5,665 $5,723 $5,393 $5,050 $5,665 $5,723 $5,393
Housing $6,924 $10,544 $10,544 $13,564 $8,184 $10,544 $10,544 $13,564 $6,924 $10,544 $10,544 $13,564
Transportation $4,173 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827
Other $2,877 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088
Required annual income after taxes $19,385 $41,249 $47,831 $60,055 $32,102 $37,347 $42,674 $46,803 $30,842 $44,341 $53,357 $61,174
Annual taxes $2,965 $6,647 $7,790 $9,924 $5,104 $5,983 $6,887 $7,605 $4,928 $7,180 $8,755 $10,118
Required annual income before taxes $22,351 $47,896 $55,622 $69,979 $37,206 $43,330 $49,560 $54,409 $50,149 $35,770 $51,520 $62,111 $71,292

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $100,255
Business & Financial Operations $64,821
Computer & Mathematical $86,008
Architecture & Engineering $74,323
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,410
Community & Social Service $42,466
Legal $73,821
Education, Training, & Library $49,426
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $46,187
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,756
Healthcare Support $24,887
Protective Service $45,151
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,285
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,379
Personal Care & Service $22,489
Sales & Related $26,619
Office & Administrative Support $35,045
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,254
Construction & Extraction $45,551
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,110
Production $37,033
Transportation & Material Moving $28,126