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 $10.84 $23.46 $26.56 $33.26 $18.03 $21.20 $24.29 $26.96 $16.40 $8.68 $12.63 $14.90 $16.96
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 $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 $3,050 $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 $6,985 $9,426 $11,868 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,985 $9,426 $11,868
Medical $2,266 $6,291 $6,011 $6,068 $4,698 $6,011 $6,068 $5,738 $4,698 $6,011 $6,068 $5,738
Housing $6,792 $9,888 $9,888 $13,404 $8,028 $9,888 $9,888 $13,404 $6,792 $9,888 $9,888 $13,404
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 $19,159 $40,929 $46,264 $57,737 $31,593 $37,036 $42,363 $46,988 $30,357 $44,021 $51,789 $58,856
Annual taxes $3,397 $7,867 $8,978 $11,453 $5,913 $7,051 $8,160 $9,089 $5,740 $8,509 $10,183 $11,696
Required annual income before taxes $22,555 $48,796 $55,242 $69,190 $37,506 $44,087 $50,523 $56,077 $51,161 $36,097 $52,530 $61,972 $70,553

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,540
Business & Financial Operations $64,801
Computer & Mathematical $79,889
Architecture & Engineering $67,855
Life, Physical, & Social Science $64,678
Community & Social Service $44,731
Legal $65,877
Education, Training, & Library $44,782
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,047
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,619
Healthcare Support $31,037
Protective Service $34,819
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,152
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,594
Personal Care & Service $24,200
Sales & Related $29,110
Office & Administrative Support $37,372
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,118
Construction & Extraction $46,125
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,039
Production $34,256
Transportation & Material Moving $34,317