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 $10.22 $22.33 $29.53 $38.44 $17.30 $21.59 $24.32 $27.25 $12.82 $8.51 $12.82 $16.20 $19.68
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 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05 $8.05

*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 $6,972 $13,920 $20,868 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,972 $13,920 $20,868
Medical $1,741 $5,997 $5,710 $5,871 $5,300 $5,710 $5,871 $5,728 $5,300 $5,710 $5,871 $5,728
Housing $6,204 $8,856 $8,856 $12,336 $6,708 $8,856 $8,856 $12,336 $6,204 $8,856 $8,856 $12,336
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 $18,072 $38,934 $51,352 $66,716 $30,255 $37,669 $42,376 $47,419 $29,751 $44,641 $56,296 $68,287
Annual taxes $3,194 $7,505 $10,068 $13,239 $5,731 $7,244 $8,215 $9,256 $5,662 $8,683 $11,088 $13,563
Required annual income before taxes $21,266 $46,439 $61,420 $79,956 $35,986 $44,913 $50,591 $56,675 $53,324 $35,413 $53,324 $67,384 $81,850

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $75,880
Business & Financial Operations $46,570
Computer & Mathematical $42,100
Architecture & Engineering $60,370
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,260
Community & Social Service $33,130
Legal $59,330
Education, Training, & Library $26,900
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $30,370
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,050
Healthcare Support $24,340
Protective Service $35,170
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,220
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,920
Personal Care & Service $20,640
Sales & Related $22,480
Office & Administrative Support $28,910
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $21,500
Construction & Extraction $46,370
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,440
Production $32,070
Transportation & Material Moving $29,520