Living Wage Calculation for District of Columbia

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 (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $14.79 $30.42 $37.79 $48.70 $21.67 $25.68 $27.82 $32.50 $10.62 $16.31 $20.02 $25.00
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 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25 $8.25

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 (One Working) 2 Adults (One Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (One Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (One Working) 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $2,958 $4,362 $6,554 $8,701 $5,423 $6,752 $8,707 $10,608 $5,423 $6,752 $8,707 $10,608
Child Care $0 $12,271 $21,628 $30,985 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,271 $21,628 $30,985
Medical $2,231 $6,402 $6,230 $6,091 $4,884 $6,230 $6,091 $6,316 $4,884 $6,230 $6,091 $6,316
Housing $14,112 $17,628 $17,628 $23,592 $14,868 $17,628 $17,628 $23,592 $14,112 $17,628 $17,628 $23,592
Transportation $4,497 $8,890 $10,160 $11,359 $8,890 $10,160 $11,359 $11,657 $8,890 $10,160 $11,359 $11,657
Other $2,374 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $5,349 $4,295 $4,677 $5,459 $5,349
Required annual income after taxes $26,171 $53,848 $66,877 $86,187 $38,359 $45,447 $49,244 $57,521 $37,603 $57,718 $70,872 $88,506
Annual taxes $4,585 $9,434 $11,717 $15,100 $6,721 $7,962 $8,628 $10,078 $6,588 $10,112 $12,417 $15,506
Required annual income before taxes $30,757 $63,282 $78,594 $101,287 $45,080 $53,409 $57,871 $67,599 $44,191 $67,830 $83,288 $104,012

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $127,070
Business & Financial Operations $82,380
Computer & Mathematical $93,900
Architecture & Engineering $96,630
Life, Physical, & Social Science $94,960
Community & Social Service $47,800
Legal $137,520
Education, Training, & Library $58,290
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $75,570
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $72,170
Healthcare Support $29,330
Protective Service $48,930
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,190
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,290
Personal Care & Service $28,380
Sales & Related $28,430
Office & Administrative Support $44,980
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $54,200
Construction & Extraction $49,290
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $55,120
Production $48,040
Transportation & Material Moving $36,710