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 $10.66 $22.79 $28.31 $35.55 $17.34 $22.29 $24.82 $27.66 $12.99 $8.33 $12.99 $15.49 $18.16
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 $3,047 $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 $6,352 $10,570 $14,789 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,352 $10,570 $14,789
Medical $2,137 $6,599 $6,313 $6,473 $4,511 $6,313 $6,473 $6,331 $4,511 $6,313 $6,473 $6,331
Housing $6,924 $10,128 $10,128 $13,788 $8,184 $10,128 $10,128 $13,788 $6,924 $10,128 $10,128 $13,788
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 $18,903 $39,909 $49,409 $61,843 $30,498 $39,042 $43,400 $48,351 $29,238 $45,394 $53,970 $63,140
Annual taxes $3,271 $7,501 $9,467 $12,107 $5,576 $7,323 $8,218 $9,189 $5,403 $8,627 $10,455 $12,388
Required annual income before taxes $22,174 $47,410 $58,876 $73,950 $36,074 $46,365 $51,618 $57,540 $54,022 $34,641 $54,022 $64,426 $75,528

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,850
Business & Financial Operations $61,290
Computer & Mathematical $75,970
Architecture & Engineering $67,980
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,380
Community & Social Service $42,560
Legal $66,250
Education, Training, & Library $41,780
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,300
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,290
Healthcare Support $29,010
Protective Service $35,930
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,870
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,700
Personal Care & Service $22,110
Sales & Related $28,890
Office & Administrative Support $35,130
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,620
Construction & Extraction $45,110
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,630
Production $31,070
Transportation & Material Moving $32,210