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 $10.01 $22.53 $27.62 $34.29 $16.85 $21.30 $23.88 $26.61 $12.83 $8.03 $12.83 $15.16 $17.57
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 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47 $9.47

*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 $3,560 $5,390 $8,023 $10,601 $6,527 $8,260 $10,608 $12,889 $6,527 $8,260 $10,608 $12,889
Child Care $0 $7,953 $11,784 $15,616 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,953 $11,784 $15,616
Medical $1,614 $6,051 $5,764 $5,925 $4,545 $5,764 $5,925 $5,782 $4,545 $5,764 $5,925 $5,782
Housing $6,564 $10,092 $10,092 $13,524 $8,028 $10,092 $10,092 $13,524 $6,564 $10,092 $10,092 $13,524
Transportation $3,768 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $10,231 $7,155 $9,346 $10,196 $10,231
Other $2,799 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $6,235 $4,565 $5,497 $6,845 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $18,305 $41,205 $50,506 $62,706 $30,820 $38,959 $43,666 $48,661 $29,356 $46,912 $55,450 $64,277
Annual taxes $2,515 $5,662 $6,940 $8,616 $4,235 $5,353 $6,000 $6,686 $4,034 $6,446 $7,619 $8,832
Required annual income before taxes $20,821 $46,867 $57,446 $71,323 $35,055 $44,312 $49,666 $55,347 $53,358 $33,389 $53,358 $63,069 $73,109

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $109,570
Business & Financial Operations $68,550
Computer & Mathematical $79,790
Architecture & Engineering $99,590
Life, Physical, & Social Science $85,380
Community & Social Service $45,470
Legal $65,480
Education, Training, & Library $44,170
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $41,630
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,690
Healthcare Support $30,140
Protective Service $50,390
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,050
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,710
Personal Care & Service $23,630
Sales & Related $24,610
Office & Administrative Support $34,570
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,090
Construction & Extraction $47,130
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,290
Production $34,910
Transportation & Material Moving $30,840