Living Wage Calculation for Iowa City, IA

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 $11.28 $24.51 $27.61 $35.21 $18.55 $22.24 $25.34 $28.91 $17.10 $8.89 $13.15 $15.42 $17.93
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 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

*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 $3,050 $4,489 $6,755 $8,966 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932
Child Care $0 $6,985 $9,426 $11,868 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,985 $9,426 $11,868
Medical $2,266 $6,291 $6,011 $6,068 $4,698 $6,011 $6,068 $5,738 $4,698 $6,011 $6,068 $5,738
Housing $7,581 $11,803 $11,803 $16,956 $8,980 $11,803 $11,803 $16,956 $7,581 $11,803 $11,803 $16,956
Transportation $4,173 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827
Other $2,877 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088
Required annual income after taxes $19,948 $42,844 $48,179 $61,290 $32,546 $38,951 $44,278 $50,541 $31,146 $45,936 $53,704 $62,409
Annual taxes $3,507 $8,134 $9,245 $11,949 $6,045 $7,318 $8,427 $9,585 $5,850 $8,776 $10,450 $12,192
Required annual income before taxes $23,454 $50,978 $57,424 $73,238 $38,591 $46,269 $52,705 $60,125 $53,343 $36,997 $54,712 $64,154 $74,601

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $83,271
Business & Financial Operations $59,727
Computer & Mathematical $69,639
Architecture & Engineering $70,028
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,820
Community & Social Service $45,192
Legal $63,109
Education, Training, & Library $53,731
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,495
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,458
Healthcare Support $32,052
Protective Service $43,973
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,906
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,576
Personal Care & Service $23,729
Sales & Related $24,405
Office & Administrative Support $36,295
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,037
Construction & Extraction $43,286
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,706
Production $33,907
Transportation & Material Moving $33,538