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 $10.64 $23.26 $26.12 $33.09 $17.94 $21.33 $24.36 $27.60 $16.28 $8.65 $12.51 $14.64 $16.86
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 $7.25 $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 $3,050 $4,489 $6,755 $8,966 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932 $5,592 $6,953 $8,975 $10,932
Child Care $0 $6,484 $8,607 $10,729 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,484 $8,607 $10,729
Medical $2,272 $6,664 $6,383 $6,440 $5,161 $6,383 $6,440 $6,110 $5,161 $6,383 $6,440 $6,110
Housing $6,528 $10,140 $10,140 $14,760 $7,680 $10,140 $10,140 $14,760 $6,528 $10,140 $10,140 $14,760
Transportation $4,173 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827 $8,624 $9,053 $10,868 $10,827
Other $2,877 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088 $4,652 $5,131 $6,563 $6,088
Required annual income after taxes $18,901 $41,052 $46,069 $58,327 $31,709 $37,660 $42,987 $48,716 $30,557 $44,144 $51,594 $59,445
Annual taxes $3,225 $7,333 $8,266 $10,491 $5,608 $6,698 $7,689 $8,698 $5,447 $7,907 $9,293 $10,697
Required annual income before taxes $22,126 $48,385 $54,335 $68,817 $37,316 $44,358 $50,676 $57,414 $50,780 $36,004 $52,051 $60,888 $70,143

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $81,365
Business & Financial Operations $59,081
Computer & Mathematical $81,928
Architecture & Engineering $82,164
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,296
Community & Social Service $39,360
Legal $0
Education, Training, & Library $46,412
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $33,948
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,020
Healthcare Support $25,871
Protective Service $38,991
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,670
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,092
Personal Care & Service $20,070
Sales & Related $22,212
Office & Administrative Support $32,318
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $41,379
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,659
Production $32,749
Transportation & Material Moving $29,551