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 $10.57 $22.77 $27.62 $36.23 $17.55 $20.91 $23.90 $26.82 $15.94 $8.52 $12.25 $15.36 $18.43
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 $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 $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $6,242 $11,841 $17,441 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,242 $11,841 $17,441
Medical $2,298 $6,733 $6,452 $6,510 $4,855 $6,452 $6,510 $6,180 $4,855 $6,452 $6,510 $6,180
Housing $6,336 $9,300 $9,300 $13,296 $7,260 $9,300 $9,300 $13,296 $6,336 $9,300 $9,300 $13,296
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $18,512 $39,717 $48,132 $63,114 $30,637 $36,485 $41,687 $46,787 $29,713 $42,727 $53,528 $64,228
Annual taxes $3,465 $7,649 $9,318 $12,236 $5,858 $7,004 $8,035 $8,991 $5,729 $8,244 $10,387 $12,455
Required annual income before taxes $21,976 $47,366 $57,450 $75,350 $36,495 $43,489 $49,721 $55,778 $49,747 $35,442 $50,971 $63,914 $76,683

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $84,522
Business & Financial Operations $59,676
Computer & Mathematical $66,164
Architecture & Engineering $67,855
Life, Physical, & Social Science $44,249
Community & Social Service $40,529
Legal $59,635
Education, Training, & Library $53,044
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $42,374
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,241
Healthcare Support $28,362
Protective Service $30,822
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,332
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,637
Personal Care & Service $22,478
Sales & Related $24,897
Office & Administrative Support $32,267
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,123
Construction & Extraction $41,164
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,517
Production $39,473
Transportation & Material Moving $30,463