Living Wage Calculation for Great Falls, MT

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 $11.29 $24.10 $29.83 $38.19 $18.20 $22.42 $25.18 $28.33 $25.93 $9.08 $13.30 $16.36 $19.61
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 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30

*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 $7,202 $12,973 $18,744 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,202 $12,973 $18,744
Medical $2,349 $7,728 $7,384 $7,466 $5,727 $7,384 $7,466 $7,186 $5,727 $7,384 $7,466 $7,186
Housing $6,768 $9,060 $9,060 $12,696 $6,816 $9,060 $9,060 $12,696 $6,768 $9,060 $9,060 $12,696
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 $19,872 $41,870 $51,733 $66,105 $31,708 $38,984 $43,737 $49,130 $31,660 $46,186 $56,710 $67,874
Annual taxes $3,611 $8,251 $10,307 $13,326 $6,138 $7,649 $8,640 $9,787 $6,131 $9,151 $11,345 $13,695
Required annual income before taxes $23,482 $50,121 $62,040 $79,431 $37,846 $46,633 $52,377 $58,917 $53,925 $37,791 $55,337 $68,055 $81,569

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $77,462
Business & Financial Operations $52,855
Computer & Mathematical $45,768
Architecture & Engineering $64,789
Life, Physical, & Social Science $48,895
Community & Social Service $38,062
Legal $66,249
Education, Training, & Library $24,905
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,388
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,527
Healthcare Support $26,181
Protective Service $39,153
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,842
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,977
Personal Care & Service $23,547
Sales & Related $25,111
Office & Administrative Support $31,592
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,580
Construction & Extraction $47,208
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,665
Production $35,408
Transportation & Material Moving $30,759