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 $11.58 $25.25 $29.76 $37.44 $18.65 $22.50 $25.21 $28.88 $26.84 $9.17 $13.85 $16.30 $19.23
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 $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 $3,573 $5,267 $7,929 $10,517 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820
Child Care $0 $9,133 $12,967 $16,800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,133 $12,967 $16,800
Medical $2,367 $6,958 $6,615 $6,697 $5,771 $6,615 $6,697 $6,416 $5,771 $6,615 $6,697 $6,416
Housing $7,068 $10,128 $10,128 $14,736 $7,620 $10,128 $10,128 $14,736 $7,068 $10,128 $10,128 $14,736
Transportation $4,206 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307
Other $2,976 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121
Required annual income after taxes $20,190 $44,100 $52,025 $65,431 $32,556 $39,283 $44,035 $50,401 $32,004 $48,416 $57,002 $67,201
Annual taxes $3,888 $8,410 $9,883 $12,454 $6,240 $7,515 $8,398 $9,661 $6,163 $9,212 $10,807 $12,782
Required annual income before taxes $24,078 $52,510 $61,908 $77,885 $38,796 $46,798 $52,433 $60,062 $55,837 $38,167 $57,628 $67,810 $79,983

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,015
Business & Financial Operations $61,054
Computer & Mathematical $71,053
Architecture & Engineering $67,833
Life, Physical, & Social Science $64,459
Community & Social Service $43,350
Legal $60,777
Education, Training, & Library $41,570
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $32,765
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $69,099
Healthcare Support $29,617
Protective Service $42,465
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,027
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,572
Personal Care & Service $21,809
Sales & Related $27,539
Office & Administrative Support $32,394
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,463
Construction & Extraction $45,696
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,000
Production $32,713
Transportation & Material Moving $34,184