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 $10.72 $23.10 $26.54 $32.25 $17.84 $21.71 $24.32 $26.91 $24.82 $8.64 $12.72 $14.63 $16.53
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 $6,084 $9,432 $9,432 $12,540 $7,128 $9,432 $9,432 $12,540 $6,084 $9,432 $9,432 $12,540
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 $19,037 $40,764 $46,792 $56,794 $31,527 $38,324 $42,900 $47,425 $30,483 $44,848 $51,560 $58,221
Annual taxes $3,266 $7,289 $8,407 $10,277 $5,584 $6,837 $7,685 $8,539 $5,438 $8,047 $9,292 $10,542
Required annual income before taxes $22,304 $48,054 $55,200 $67,071 $37,111 $45,161 $50,586 $55,965 $51,616 $35,922 $52,895 $60,852 $68,763

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $83,429
Business & Financial Operations $57,063
Computer & Mathematical $64,336
Architecture & Engineering $61,188
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,740
Community & Social Service $40,912
Legal $61,960
Education, Training, & Library $41,858
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,204
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,408
Healthcare Support $27,755
Protective Service $37,507
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,875
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,979
Personal Care & Service $22,693
Sales & Related $25,553
Office & Administrative Support $33,742
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,024
Construction & Extraction $40,953
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,492
Production $38,402
Transportation & Material Moving $32,487