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 (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 $14.95 $31.40 $38.61 $49.80 $21.61 $25.91 $28.37 $33.05 $33.80 $10.80 $16.90 $20.61 $25.45
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $7.00 $10.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $5.00 $5.00 $6.00
Minimum Wage $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50

*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 $3,011 $4,431 $6,652 $8,834 $5,521 $6,864 $8,844 $10,776 $5,521 $6,864 $8,844 $10,776
Child Care $0 $13,666 $22,126 $30,586 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $13,666 $22,126 $30,586
Medical $2,105 $6,053 $5,854 $5,822 $4,510 $5,854 $5,822 $5,937 $4,510 $5,854 $5,822 $5,937
Housing $14,749 $18,427 $18,427 $24,658 $15,545 $18,427 $18,427 $24,658 $15,545 $18,427 $18,427 $24,658
Transportation $4,290 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $11,405 $8,467 $9,593 $11,299 $11,405
Other $2,146 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013 $3,894 $4,682 $5,290 $5,013
Required annual income after taxes $26,301 $54,938 $67,334 $86,489 $37,937 $45,420 $49,682 $57,789 $37,937 $59,086 $71,809 $88,375
Annual taxes $4,794 $10,382 $12,970 $17,086 $7,004 $8,479 $9,332 $10,952 $7,004 $11,211 $13,932 $17,492
Required annual income before taxes $31,095 $65,320 $80,304 $103,575 $44,941 $53,900 $59,014 $68,741 $70,298 $44,941 $70,298 $85,740 $105,867

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $130,170
Business & Financial Operations $89,130
Computer & Mathematical $100,230
Architecture & Engineering $99,920
Life, Physical, & Social Science $93,870
Community & Social Service $51,620
Legal $147,290
Education, Training, & Library $62,620
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $77,410
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $75,650
Healthcare Support $29,200
Protective Service $52,590
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,890
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,890
Personal Care & Service $27,460
Sales & Related $28,100
Office & Administrative Support $46,360
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,980
Construction & Extraction $49,720
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $52,400
Production $49,880
Transportation & Material Moving $36,910