Living Wage Calculation for Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

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 $12.95 $28.08 $32.09 $41.55 $21.09 $24.87 $28.01 $32.85 $19.46 $9.93 $15.03 $17.68 $21.19
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 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20

*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 $3,564 $5,245 $7,893 $10,476 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773
Child Care $0 $9,076 $12,887 $16,697 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,076 $12,887 $16,697
Medical $2,395 $6,820 $6,540 $6,597 $5,638 $6,540 $6,597 $6,267 $5,638 $6,540 $6,597 $6,267
Housing $10,128 $15,660 $15,660 $22,752 $12,372 $15,660 $15,660 $22,752 $10,128 $15,660 $15,660 $22,752
Transportation $3,860 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013
Other $2,803 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932
Required annual income after taxes $22,750 $49,309 $56,351 $72,968 $37,051 $43,696 $49,190 $57,736 $34,807 $52,772 $62,077 $74,433
Annual taxes $4,186 $9,091 $10,403 $13,446 $6,823 $8,040 $9,063 $10,600 $6,510 $9,734 $11,469 $13,718
Required annual income before taxes $26,937 $58,400 $66,754 $86,414 $43,874 $51,736 $58,253 $68,337 $60,727 $41,317 $62,506 $73,547 $88,151

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $123,349
Business & Financial Operations $73,462
Computer & Mathematical $96,176
Architecture & Engineering $83,978
Life, Physical, & Social Science $68,603
Community & Social Service $46,822
Legal $87,453
Education, Training, & Library $48,841
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,376
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $73,093
Healthcare Support $33,220
Protective Service $39,586
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,818
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,117
Personal Care & Service $24,016
Sales & Related $32,749
Office & Administrative Support $38,714
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,015
Construction & Extraction $44,690
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,206
Production $33,733
Transportation & Material Moving $34,635