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 $17.64 $30.20 $33.46 $41.20 $24.49 $29.02 $31.62 $36.33 $31.94 $12.06 $16.25 $18.09 $21.01
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 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25

*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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $5,988 $7,823 $9,657 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,988 $7,823 $9,657
Medical $2,478 $7,631 $7,287 $7,370 $5,495 $7,287 $7,370 $7,089 $5,495 $7,287 $7,370 $7,089
Housing $17,834 $21,273 $21,273 $27,952 $18,503 $21,273 $21,273 $27,952 $17,834 $21,273 $21,273 $27,952
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $30,753 $52,425 $58,031 $71,185 $42,607 $50,396 $54,859 $62,919 $41,938 $56,384 $62,682 $72,576
Annual taxes $5,948 $10,400 $11,574 $14,505 $8,342 $9,975 $10,910 $12,649 $8,249 $11,229 $12,593 $14,817
Required annual income before taxes $36,700 $62,824 $69,605 $85,690 $50,949 $60,371 $65,768 $75,568 $66,439 $50,187 $67,613 $75,274 $87,393

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $141,088
Business & Financial Operations $91,453
Computer & Mathematical $108,385
Architecture & Engineering $100,927
Life, Physical, & Social Science $103,293
Community & Social Service $56,600
Legal $140,893
Education, Training, & Library $60,581
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $74,428
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $77,915
Healthcare Support $31,880
Protective Service $53,082
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,070
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,185
Personal Care & Service $27,148
Sales & Related $29,586
Office & Administrative Support $42,342
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,320
Construction & Extraction $48,020
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $55,571
Production $36,828
Transportation & Material Moving $37,137