Living Wage Calculation for Kansas City, MO

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 $23.88 $27.95 $34.67 $19.26 $23.32 $25.96 $28.92 $25.76 $9.16 $13.12 $15.35 $17.75
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 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 $7.85

*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 $5,056 $8,224 $11,392 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,056 $8,224 $11,392
Medical $2,267 $8,173 $7,830 $7,912 $5,991 $7,830 $7,912 $7,631 $5,991 $7,830 $7,912 $7,631
Housing $6,808 $10,407 $10,407 $14,144 $8,534 $10,407 $10,407 $14,144 $6,808 $10,407 $10,407 $14,144
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 $19,785 $41,643 $48,703 $60,367 $33,632 $40,671 $45,247 $50,402 $31,906 $45,727 $53,471 $61,794
Annual taxes $3,706 $8,034 $9,443 $11,747 $6,424 $7,840 $8,753 $9,759 $6,184 $8,849 $10,394 $12,032
Required annual income before taxes $23,490 $49,678 $58,146 $72,114 $40,057 $48,512 $54,000 $60,161 $53,586 $38,089 $54,576 $63,865 $73,826

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $104,353
Business & Financial Operations $66,105
Computer & Mathematical $79,581
Architecture & Engineering $75,806
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,719
Community & Social Service $40,850
Legal $70,230
Education, Training, & Library $43,916
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,084
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,844
Healthcare Support $29,370
Protective Service $40,706
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,564
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,004
Personal Care & Service $23,054
Sales & Related $28,156
Office & Administrative Support $35,820
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,069
Construction & Extraction $51,919
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,315
Production $37,589
Transportation & Material Moving $34,729