Living Wage Calculation for Grand Junction, 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 $11.27 $24.75 $28.77 $36.73 $18.27 $21.55 $24.68 $28.04 $17.25 $9.09 $13.36 $16.02 $18.78
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 $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 $7,056 $9,588 $9,588 $13,956 $7,212 $9,588 $9,588 $13,956 $7,056 $9,588 $9,588 $13,956
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 $19,678 $43,237 $50,279 $64,172 $31,891 $37,624 $43,118 $48,940 $31,735 $46,700 $56,005 $65,637
Annual taxes $3,758 $8,243 $9,556 $12,219 $6,103 $7,193 $8,216 $9,373 $6,082 $8,887 $10,622 $12,490
Required annual income before taxes $23,436 $51,481 $59,835 $76,391 $37,995 $44,817 $51,334 $58,313 $53,808 $37,817 $55,587 $66,627 $78,128

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $88,037
Business & Financial Operations $59,686
Computer & Mathematical $70,858
Architecture & Engineering $70,838
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,694
Community & Social Service $41,410
Legal $52,285
Education, Training, & Library $43,040
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $31,519
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,978
Healthcare Support $28,854
Protective Service $42,866
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,018
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,615
Personal Care & Service $21,187
Sales & Related $27,142
Office & Administrative Support $31,898
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,615
Construction & Extraction $43,194
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,454
Production $32,954
Transportation & Material Moving $34,655