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 $17.11 $30.11 $32.82 $41.01 $24.35 $28.35 $31.39 $35.89 $20.86 $12.17 $15.93 $18.00 $20.83
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 $6,067 $7,926 $9,785 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,067 $7,926 $9,785
Medical $2,552 $7,628 $7,342 $7,400 $5,461 $7,342 $7,400 $7,064 $5,461 $7,342 $7,400 $7,064
Housing $17,280 $20,952 $20,952 $27,600 $18,156 $20,952 $20,952 $27,600 $18,156 $20,952 $20,952 $27,600
Transportation $4,314 $8,914 $9,358 $11,234 $8,914 $9,358 $11,234 $11,190 $8,914 $9,358 $11,234 $11,190
Other $2,704 $4,373 $4,823 $6,169 $4,373 $4,823 $6,169 $5,723 $4,373 $4,823 $6,169 $5,723
Required annual income after taxes $29,836 $52,328 $57,013 $70,965 $42,377 $49,281 $54,542 $62,279 $42,377 $55,348 $62,468 $72,064
Annual taxes $5,752 $10,301 $11,259 $14,332 $8,266 $9,678 $10,754 $12,382 $8,266 $10,919 $12,424 $14,578
Required annual income before taxes $35,588 $62,629 $68,272 $85,297 $50,644 $58,959 $65,295 $74,660 $65,077 $50,644 $66,267 $74,892 $86,642

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $135,679
Business & Financial Operations $93,408
Computer & Mathematical $106,600
Architecture & Engineering $106,200
Life, Physical, & Social Science $100,594
Community & Social Service $53,546
Legal $153,535
Education, Training, & Library $65,610
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $79,345
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $77,039
Healthcare Support $31,078
Protective Service $56,211
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,102
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,381
Personal Care & Service $29,172
Sales & Related $31,580
Office & Administrative Support $48,739
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $39,555
Construction & Extraction $52,962
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $54,622
Production $54,366
Transportation & Material Moving $38,048