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 $12.24 $26.61 $32.20 $41.30 $19.90 $25.11 $27.79 $32.49 $14.93 $9.33 $14.93 $17.51 $21.10
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 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31

*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 $3,560 $5,390 $8,023 $10,601 $6,527 $8,260 $10,608 $12,889 $6,527 $8,260 $10,608 $12,889
Child Care $0 $8,352 $12,707 $17,062 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,352 $12,707 $17,062
Medical $2,119 $6,644 $6,358 $6,518 $5,200 $6,358 $6,518 $6,376 $5,200 $6,358 $6,518 $6,376
Housing $9,300 $14,724 $14,724 $21,456 $11,580 $14,724 $14,724 $21,456 $9,300 $14,724 $14,724 $21,456
Transportation $3,768 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $10,231 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $10,231
Other $2,799 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $6,235 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $21,547 $46,830 $56,655 $72,678 $35,028 $44,185 $48,891 $57,187 $32,748 $52,537 $61,598 $74,249
Annual taxes $3,922 $8,525 $10,330 $13,231 $6,374 $8,040 $8,904 $10,385 $6,061 $9,574 $11,239 $13,519
Required annual income before taxes $25,469 $55,355 $66,985 $85,909 $41,402 $52,224 $57,796 $67,572 $62,111 $38,808 $62,111 $72,837 $87,768

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $116,440
Business & Financial Operations $70,880
Computer & Mathematical $90,330
Architecture & Engineering $82,070
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,830
Community & Social Service $45,270
Legal $79,390
Education, Training, & Library $47,230
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,590
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $69,660
Healthcare Support $31,710
Protective Service $36,130
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,470
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,090
Personal Care & Service $22,220
Sales & Related $30,440
Office & Administrative Support $37,030
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,610
Construction & Extraction $41,960
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,220
Production $32,630
Transportation & Material Moving $32,840