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 $11.05 $24.06 $27.54 $34.88 $19.06 $22.58 $26.01 $29.02 $16.91 $9.00 $12.92 $15.36 $17.76
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 $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 $3,050 $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 $5,025 $8,173 $11,322 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,025 $8,173 $11,322
Medical $2,296 $8,031 $7,750 $7,807 $5,857 $7,750 $7,807 $7,477 $5,857 $7,750 $7,807 $7,477
Housing $7,295 $11,322 $11,322 $15,477 $9,236 $11,322 $11,322 $15,477 $7,295 $11,322 $11,322 $15,477
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 $19,692 $42,143 $48,185 $61,004 $33,961 $40,210 $45,537 $50,801 $32,020 $45,235 $53,710 $62,123
Annual taxes $3,292 $7,910 $9,090 $11,549 $5,688 $6,749 $8,569 $9,551 $5,417 $8,512 $10,167 $11,766
Required annual income before taxes $22,983 $50,054 $57,274 $72,553 $39,648 $46,959 $54,106 $60,352 $52,762 $37,437 $53,747 $63,877 $73,889

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $100,686
Business & Financial Operations $65,662
Computer & Mathematical $79,130
Architecture & Engineering $75,307
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,143
Community & Social Service $39,709
Legal $67,343
Education, Training, & Library $42,333
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,130
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,941
Healthcare Support $28,874
Protective Service $37,689
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,977
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,004
Personal Care & Service $22,458
Sales & Related $28,167
Office & Administrative Support $35,342
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,990
Construction & Extraction $50,389
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,614
Production $37,156
Transportation & Material Moving $33,005