Living Wage Calculation for Lawrence, KS

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 $11.18 $23.48 $26.91 $33.44 $18.14 $22.09 $24.69 $28.10 $25.19 $8.87 $12.90 $14.82 $17.12
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 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

*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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $6,524 $8,660 $10,796 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,524 $8,660 $10,796
Medical $2,244 $6,801 $6,457 $6,540 $5,293 $6,457 $6,540 $6,259 $5,293 $6,457 $6,540 $6,259
Housing $6,924 $10,116 $10,116 $14,712 $7,680 $10,116 $10,116 $14,712 $6,924 $10,116 $10,116 $14,712
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $19,877 $41,448 $47,476 $58,966 $32,079 $39,008 $43,584 $49,597 $31,323 $45,532 $52,244 $60,393
Annual taxes $3,383 $7,385 $8,503 $10,580 $5,661 $6,932 $7,781 $8,842 $5,556 $8,142 $9,387 $10,845
Required annual income before taxes $23,261 $48,833 $55,979 $69,546 $37,740 $45,940 $51,365 $58,440 $52,395 $36,879 $53,675 $61,632 $71,238

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $80,497
Business & Financial Operations $56,631
Computer & Mathematical $80,754
Architecture & Engineering $82,894
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,020
Community & Social Service $41,848
Legal $55,972
Education, Training, & Library $51,045
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,735
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,820
Healthcare Support $27,518
Protective Service $40,768
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,091
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,512
Personal Care & Service $20,986
Sales & Related $23,856
Office & Administrative Support $33,125
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,586
Construction & Extraction $44,029
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,000
Production $32,775
Transportation & Material Moving $31,036