Living Wage Calculation for Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC

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 $15.61 $32.77 $40.92 $52.28 $22.47 $27.89 $30.38 $34.71 $17.99 $10.92 $17.99 $21.78 $26.52
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 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50 $11.50

*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 $13,935 $22,556 $31,178 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $13,935 $22,556 $31,178
Medical $1,938 $6,921 $6,635 $6,795 $4,723 $6,635 $6,795 $6,653 $4,723 $6,635 $6,795 $6,653
Housing $15,488 $19,268 $19,268 $25,481 $16,624 $19,268 $19,268 $25,481 $15,488 $19,268 $19,268 $25,481
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 $27,268 $57,006 $70,925 $90,257 $39,182 $48,567 $52,872 $60,359 $38,046 $62,502 $75,428 $91,537
Annual taxes $5,195 $11,152 $14,192 $18,495 $7,547 $9,444 $10,315 $11,845 $7,391 $12,319 $15,193 $18,779
Required annual income before taxes $32,463 $68,158 $85,116 $108,752 $46,728 $58,011 $63,187 $72,204 $74,821 $45,436 $74,821 $90,621 $110,316

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $129,890
Business & Financial Operations $86,450
Computer & Mathematical $101,950
Architecture & Engineering $94,620
Life, Physical, & Social Science $94,110
Community & Social Service $52,380
Legal $130,230
Education, Training, & Library $55,350
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $68,490
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $73,450
Healthcare Support $29,650
Protective Service $48,290
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,280
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,500
Personal Care & Service $24,580
Sales & Related $27,040
Office & Administrative Support $39,800
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $36,390
Construction & Extraction $44,450
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,770
Production $35,660
Transportation & Material Moving $34,200