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 $10.82 $23.68 $28.89 $37.54 $17.87 $21.53 $24.72 $27.55 $16.68 $8.92 $12.84 $16.11 $19.19
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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 $3,564 $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 $7,157 $12,893 $18,629 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,157 $12,893 $18,629
Medical $2,377 $7,587 $7,306 $7,364 $5,593 $7,306 $7,364 $7,034 $5,593 $7,306 $7,364 $7,034
Housing $6,456 $8,640 $8,640 $12,048 $6,504 $8,640 $8,640 $12,048 $6,456 $8,640 $8,640 $12,048
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 $19,060 $41,137 $50,104 $64,963 $31,139 $37,443 $42,937 $47,799 $31,091 $44,600 $55,830 $66,428
Annual taxes $3,446 $8,109 $9,987 $13,114 $6,024 $7,330 $8,479 $9,509 $6,018 $8,832 $11,185 $13,418
Required annual income before taxes $22,505 $49,246 $60,091 $78,076 $37,164 $44,772 $51,416 $57,308 $52,028 $37,109 $53,431 $67,015 $79,846

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $77,572
Business & Financial Operations $49,385
Computer & Mathematical $45,336
Architecture & Engineering $63,150
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,037
Community & Social Service $35,650
Legal $70,202
Education, Training, & Library $24,795
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $32,851
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,132
Healthcare Support $25,594
Protective Service $44,495
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,275
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,770
Personal Care & Service $22,694
Sales & Related $24,405
Office & Administrative Support $30,648
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,924
Construction & Extraction $47,745
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,734
Production $34,409
Transportation & Material Moving $30,422