Living Wage Calculation for Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

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 $11.39 $24.04 $27.73 $34.09 $18.51 $22.33 $24.99 $27.93 $25.75 $8.89 $13.21 $15.26 $17.46
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 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

*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 $7,028 $9,485 $11,942 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,028 $9,485 $11,942
Medical $2,237 $6,427 $6,084 $6,166 $4,828 $6,084 $6,166 $5,885 $4,828 $6,084 $6,166 $5,885
Housing $7,164 $10,500 $10,500 $14,172 $8,496 $10,500 $10,500 $14,172 $7,164 $10,500 $10,500 $14,172
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 $20,111 $41,963 $48,312 $59,199 $32,431 $39,019 $43,595 $48,684 $31,099 $46,047 $53,080 $60,626
Annual taxes $3,577 $8,040 $9,375 $11,713 $6,060 $7,429 $8,378 $9,414 $5,874 $8,887 $10,418 $12,025
Required annual income before taxes $23,689 $50,003 $57,687 $70,912 $38,491 $46,448 $51,973 $58,098 $53,556 $36,973 $54,934 $63,498 $72,651

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $98,448
Business & Financial Operations $66,867
Computer & Mathematical $83,347
Architecture & Engineering $70,148
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,725
Community & Social Service $46,971
Legal $72,596
Education, Training, & Library $45,243
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,087
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,476
Healthcare Support $32,065
Protective Service $36,540
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,500
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,158
Personal Care & Service $25,337
Sales & Related $29,699
Office & Administrative Support $38,885
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,579
Construction & Extraction $46,889
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,136
Production $34,112
Transportation & Material Moving $35,964