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 $10.40 $23.91 $28.20 $35.89 $17.83 $21.06 $24.07 $26.91 $16.66 $8.52 $12.90 $15.67 $18.35
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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 $3,564 $5,245 $7,893 $10,476 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773 $6,533 $8,124 $10,487 $12,773
Child Care $0 $8,659 $13,253 $17,848 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,659 $13,253 $17,848
Medical $1,984 $7,032 $6,751 $6,808 $5,264 $6,751 $6,808 $6,478 $5,264 $6,751 $6,808 $6,478
Housing $6,780 $10,200 $10,200 $13,932 $8,244 $10,200 $10,200 $13,932 $6,780 $10,200 $10,200 $13,932
Transportation $3,860 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013 $7,975 $8,373 $10,051 $10,013
Other $2,803 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932 $4,533 $4,999 $6,395 $5,932
Required annual income after taxes $18,991 $43,644 $51,469 $65,510 $32,550 $38,447 $43,941 $49,127 $31,086 $47,106 $57,194 $66,975
Annual taxes $2,649 $6,088 $7,180 $9,139 $4,541 $5,363 $6,130 $6,853 $4,337 $6,571 $7,979 $9,343
Required annual income before taxes $21,640 $49,732 $58,648 $74,649 $37,091 $43,810 $50,071 $55,981 $51,980 $35,423 $53,677 $65,173 $76,319

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $115,692
Business & Financial Operations $75,553
Computer & Mathematical $85,393
Architecture & Engineering $103,945
Life, Physical, & Social Science $89,134
Community & Social Service $49,713
Legal $64,411
Education, Training, & Library $45,100
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,220
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $74,036
Healthcare Support $32,411
Protective Service $54,356
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,108
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,905
Personal Care & Service $25,441
Sales & Related $26,804
Office & Administrative Support $37,085
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,713
Construction & Extraction $53,474
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,077
Production $37,761
Transportation & Material Moving $33,272