Living Wage Calculation for Kennewick-Richland, WA

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 $10.76 $24.24 $29.02 $36.39 $18.11 $21.83 $24.44 $27.52 $25.79 $8.62 $13.30 $15.87 $18.68
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 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50

*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 $3,573 $5,267 $7,929 $10,517 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820
Child Care $0 $8,712 $13,336 $17,959 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,712 $13,336 $17,959
Medical $1,955 $7,170 $6,827 $6,909 $5,397 $6,827 $6,909 $6,628 $5,397 $6,827 $6,909 $6,628
Housing $6,924 $10,488 $10,488 $14,352 $8,496 $10,488 $10,488 $14,352 $6,924 $10,488 $10,488 $14,352
Transportation $4,206 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307
Other $2,976 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121
Required annual income after taxes $19,634 $44,251 $52,966 $66,418 $33,058 $39,855 $44,607 $50,229 $31,486 $48,567 $57,943 $68,188
Annual taxes $2,739 $6,173 $7,389 $9,265 $4,612 $5,560 $6,223 $7,007 $4,392 $6,775 $8,083 $9,512
Required annual income before taxes $22,373 $50,424 $60,355 $75,684 $37,669 $45,414 $50,830 $57,236 $53,634 $35,878 $55,342 $66,026 $77,700

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $121,121
Business & Financial Operations $74,993
Computer & Mathematical $88,675
Architecture & Engineering $104,723
Life, Physical, & Social Science $89,817
Community & Social Service $50,952
Legal $74,572
Education, Training, & Library $48,463
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,474
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $76,382
Healthcare Support $30,954
Protective Service $57,474
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,368
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,183
Personal Care & Service $27,642
Sales & Related $27,456
Office & Administrative Support $37,857
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,234
Construction & Extraction $51,827
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,720
Production $39,225
Transportation & Material Moving $32,044