Living Wage Calculation for Lexington-Fayette, KY

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 $10.38 $21.54 $27.64 $35.64 $17.22 $21.55 $24.02 $27.12 $12.35 $8.34 $12.35 $15.11 $18.19
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 $2,983 $4,516 $6,722 $8,882 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799
Child Care $0 $5,483 $10,793 $16,104 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,483 $10,793 $16,104
Medical $1,998 $5,760 $5,474 $5,634 $4,910 $5,474 $5,634 $5,492 $4,910 $5,474 $5,634 $5,492
Housing $6,396 $9,552 $9,552 $13,716 $7,404 $9,552 $9,552 $13,716 $6,396 $9,552 $9,552 $13,716
Transportation $4,401 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951
Other $2,458 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474
Required annual income after taxes $18,236 $37,677 $48,285 $62,257 $30,149 $37,691 $41,995 $47,432 $29,141 $43,174 $52,788 $63,536
Annual taxes $3,357 $7,129 $9,201 $11,873 $5,671 $7,131 $7,972 $8,976 $5,533 $8,203 $10,081 $12,123
Required annual income before taxes $21,593 $44,806 $57,486 $74,130 $35,820 $44,822 $49,967 $56,409 $51,376 $34,674 $51,376 $62,869 $75,660

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $79,990
Business & Financial Operations $56,040
Computer & Mathematical $64,950
Architecture & Engineering $67,970
Life, Physical, & Social Science $42,810
Community & Social Service $39,100
Legal $60,340
Education, Training, & Library $51,820
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,120
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,860
Healthcare Support $27,850
Protective Service $30,330
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,580
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,040
Personal Care & Service $21,170
Sales & Related $23,870
Office & Administrative Support $30,650
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,340
Construction & Extraction $38,400
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,600
Production $35,810
Transportation & Material Moving $27,850