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 $10.13 $21.68 $27.30 $34.13 $16.72 $21.00 $23.44 $25.76 $12.38 $8.02 $12.38 $14.94 $17.43
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 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10 $8.10

*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 $6,692 $11,415 $16,139 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,692 $11,415 $16,139
Medical $2,105 $5,501 $5,214 $5,375 $4,677 $5,214 $5,375 $5,233 $4,677 $5,214 $5,375 $5,233
Housing $6,373 $9,896 $9,896 $12,724 $7,603 $9,896 $9,896 $12,724 $6,373 $9,896 $9,896 $12,724
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 $18,320 $38,919 $48,924 $61,031 $30,083 $37,712 $42,070 $46,189 $28,853 $44,404 $53,485 $62,328
Annual taxes $2,753 $6,166 $7,869 $9,955 $4,697 $5,964 $6,692 $7,401 $4,528 $7,091 $8,654 $10,178
Required annual income before taxes $21,073 $45,084 $56,793 $70,986 $34,780 $43,676 $48,763 $53,590 $51,495 $33,382 $51,495 $62,139 $72,506

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,330
Business & Financial Operations $63,130
Computer & Mathematical $79,900
Architecture & Engineering $70,370
Life, Physical, & Social Science $54,100
Community & Social Service $41,080
Legal $69,180
Education, Training, & Library $50,530
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,970
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,510
Healthcare Support $23,650
Protective Service $41,720
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,260
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,220
Personal Care & Service $21,600
Sales & Related $24,670
Office & Administrative Support $33,170
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,180
Construction & Extraction $43,600
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,770
Production $34,950
Transportation & Material Moving $27,360