Living Wage Calculation for Topeka, 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 $10.23 $22.70 $25.56 $31.76 $17.52 $20.77 $23.80 $26.27 $15.90 $8.45 $12.23 $14.36 $16.20
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 $5,784 $9,120 $9,120 $12,336 $6,912 $9,120 $9,120 $12,336 $5,784 $9,120 $9,120 $12,336
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 $18,157 $40,032 $45,049 $55,903 $30,941 $36,640 $41,967 $46,292 $29,813 $43,124 $50,574 $57,021
Annual taxes $3,122 $7,190 $8,123 $10,152 $5,501 $6,556 $7,547 $8,359 $5,343 $7,764 $9,151 $10,359
Required annual income before taxes $21,279 $47,223 $53,172 $66,055 $36,441 $43,196 $49,514 $54,652 $49,617 $35,156 $50,889 $59,725 $67,381

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $82,779
Business & Financial Operations $56,959
Computer & Mathematical $63,294
Architecture & Engineering $62,207
Life, Physical, & Social Science $54,079
Community & Social Service $39,688
Legal $62,187
Education, Training, & Library $43,522
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $43,839
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,169
Healthcare Support $26,578
Protective Service $33,067
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,690
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,929
Personal Care & Service $21,945
Sales & Related $24,303
Office & Administrative Support $32,800
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,432
Construction & Extraction $40,385
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,356
Production $38,796
Transportation & Material Moving $31,775