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 $16.90 $29.71 $32.40 $40.51 $24.04 $28.01 $31.02 $35.51 $20.60 $11.79 $15.73 $17.77 $20.58
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 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50 $12.50

*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 $2,986 $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 $5,951 $7,774 $9,598 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,951 $7,774 $9,598
Medical $2,506 $7,491 $7,210 $7,267 $5,363 $7,210 $7,267 $6,937 $5,363 $7,210 $7,267 $6,937
Housing $17,078 $20,718 $20,718 $27,323 $17,937 $20,718 $20,718 $27,323 $17,078 $20,718 $20,718 $27,323
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 $29,462 $51,602 $56,240 $70,055 $41,821 $48,660 $53,862 $61,571 $40,962 $54,611 $61,636 $71,169
Annual taxes $5,700 $10,200 $11,151 $14,205 $8,189 $9,591 $10,659 $12,283 $8,069 $10,816 $12,308 $14,453
Required annual income before taxes $35,162 $61,802 $67,392 $84,260 $50,010 $58,252 $64,521 $73,854 $64,261 $49,031 $65,427 $73,944 $85,622

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $136,007
Business & Financial Operations $89,483
Computer & Mathematical $106,508
Architecture & Engineering $98,964
Life, Physical, & Social Science $100,061
Community & Social Service $54,694
Legal $137,647
Education, Training, & Library $59,450
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $71,022
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $76,188
Healthcare Support $31,468
Protective Service $52,029
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,503
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,352
Personal Care & Service $26,322
Sales & Related $29,141
Office & Administrative Support $41,728
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,301
Construction & Extraction $46,761
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $54,130
Production $36,726
Transportation & Material Moving $35,178