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 $10.52 $23.79 $29.38 $37.19 $17.52 $22.29 $24.96 $28.38 $13.52 $8.47 $13.52 $16.10 $19.04
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 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31 $8.31

*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 $3,560 $5,390 $8,023 $10,601 $6,527 $8,260 $10,608 $12,889 $6,527 $8,260 $10,608 $12,889
Child Care $0 $8,352 $12,707 $17,062 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,352 $12,707 $17,062
Medical $2,119 $6,644 $6,358 $6,518 $5,200 $6,358 $6,518 $6,376 $5,200 $6,358 $6,518 $6,376
Housing $6,144 $9,564 $9,564 $13,944 $7,212 $9,564 $9,564 $13,944 $6,144 $9,564 $9,564 $13,944
Transportation $3,768 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $10,231 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $10,231
Other $2,799 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $6,235 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $18,391 $41,670 $51,495 $65,166 $30,660 $39,025 $43,731 $49,675 $29,592 $47,377 $56,438 $66,737
Annual taxes $3,489 $7,816 $9,621 $12,199 $5,774 $7,331 $8,195 $9,353 $5,627 $8,865 $10,530 $12,487
Required annual income before taxes $21,879 $49,486 $61,116 $77,365 $36,434 $46,355 $51,927 $59,027 $56,242 $35,219 $56,242 $66,968 $79,224

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $84,720
Business & Financial Operations $58,250
Computer & Mathematical $67,930
Architecture & Engineering $68,450
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,150
Community & Social Service $39,230
Legal $54,740
Education, Training, & Library $42,010
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $34,110
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,920
Healthcare Support $27,590
Protective Service $39,160
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,160
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,670
Personal Care & Service $19,820
Sales & Related $26,080
Office & Administrative Support $31,650
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,690
Construction & Extraction $40,440
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,990
Production $30,170
Transportation & Material Moving $32,490