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 $10.45 $21.59 $26.77 $33.40 $17.63 $21.84 $24.70 $27.66 $12.54 $8.29 $12.54 $14.69 $17.07
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 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65 $7.65

*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 $3,047 $4,613 $6,867 $9,073 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031 $5,587 $7,069 $9,079 $11,031
Child Care $0 $5,036 $8,177 $11,319 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,036 $8,177 $11,319
Medical $2,091 $5,970 $5,684 $5,844 $5,040 $5,684 $5,844 $5,702 $5,040 $5,684 $5,844 $5,702
Housing $6,729 $10,690 $10,690 $14,595 $8,628 $10,690 $10,690 $14,595 $6,729 $10,690 $10,690 $14,595
Transportation $4,235 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498 $8,042 $10,504 $11,460 $11,498
Other $2,560 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702 $4,175 $5,027 $6,260 $5,702
Required annual income after taxes $18,661 $38,526 $46,949 $58,551 $31,471 $38,975 $43,334 $48,529 $29,572 $44,011 $51,511 $59,848
Annual taxes $3,078 $6,377 $8,731 $10,926 $5,196 $6,453 $8,036 $8,998 $4,935 $8,166 $9,609 $11,176
Required annual income before taxes $21,739 $44,903 $55,681 $69,477 $36,667 $45,428 $51,369 $57,527 $52,177 $34,507 $52,177 $61,119 $71,024

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,530
Business & Financial Operations $63,510
Computer & Mathematical $77,560
Architecture & Engineering $71,210
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,490
Community & Social Service $38,600
Legal $63,990
Education, Training, & Library $39,980
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,460
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,810
Healthcare Support $26,670
Protective Service $35,270
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,100
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,450
Personal Care & Service $21,200
Sales & Related $25,730
Office & Administrative Support $33,860
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,120
Construction & Extraction $48,180
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,030
Production $35,840
Transportation & Material Moving $30,660