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 $11.48 $24.42 $28.11 $35.11 $18.48 $22.71 $25.36 $28.95 $26.12 $8.93 $13.39 $15.45 $17.97
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 $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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $7,028 $9,485 $11,942 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,028 $9,485 $11,942
Medical $2,237 $6,427 $6,084 $6,166 $4,828 $6,084 $6,166 $5,885 $4,828 $6,084 $6,166 $5,885
Housing $7,325 $11,187 $11,187 $16,028 $8,455 $11,187 $11,187 $16,028 $7,325 $11,187 $11,187 $16,028
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $20,272 $42,650 $48,999 $61,055 $32,389 $39,706 $44,282 $50,540 $31,259 $46,734 $53,767 $62,482
Annual taxes $3,600 $8,135 $9,471 $11,972 $6,054 $7,524 $8,474 $9,672 $5,897 $8,983 $10,514 $12,284
Required annual income before taxes $23,872 $50,785 $58,470 $73,027 $38,444 $47,230 $52,756 $60,213 $54,339 $37,156 $55,717 $64,280 $74,766

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,225
Business & Financial Operations $60,746
Computer & Mathematical $72,823
Architecture & Engineering $71,002
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,853
Community & Social Service $46,745
Legal $63,955
Education, Training, & Library $52,917
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,788
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,161
Healthcare Support $33,258
Protective Service $43,926
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,140
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,985
Personal Care & Service $24,226
Sales & Related $25,615
Office & Administrative Support $37,661
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,240
Construction & Extraction $44,523
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,284
Production $37,013
Transportation & Material Moving $0