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 $14.84 $30.42 $37.81 $49.19 $21.65 $25.69 $28.33 $32.28 $10.82 $16.31 $20.27 $24.90
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 $9.50 $9.50 $9.50 $9.50 $9.50 $9.50 $9.50 $9.50 $9.50 $9.50 $9.50 $9.50

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 $3,022 $4,457 $6,704 $8,887 $5,540 $6,898 $8,903 $10,835 $5,540 $6,898 $8,903 $10,835
Child Care $0 $12,273 $21,631 $30,988 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,273 $21,631 $30,988
Medical $2,181 $7,018 $6,807 $6,871 $5,432 $6,807 $6,871 $6,838 $5,432 $6,807 $6,871 $6,838
Housing $14,112 $17,628 $17,628 $23,592 $14,868 $17,628 $17,628 $23,592 $14,868 $17,628 $17,628 $23,592
Transportation $4,697 $8,554 $9,859 $11,553 $8,554 $9,859 $11,553 $11,037 $8,554 $9,859 $11,553 $11,037
Other $2,253 $3,916 $4,284 $5,178 $3,916 $4,284 $5,178 $4,838 $3,916 $4,284 $5,178 $4,838
Required annual income after taxes $26,265 $53,846 $66,913 $87,069 $38,310 $45,477 $50,133 $57,140 $38,310 $57,749 $71,764 $88,129
Annual taxes $4,602 $9,434 $11,723 $15,255 $6,712 $7,968 $8,783 $10,011 $6,712 $10,118 $12,573 $15,440
Required annual income before taxes $30,867 $63,280 $78,637 $102,324 $45,022 $53,444 $58,916 $67,151 $45,022 $67,867 $84,337 $103,569

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $128,390
Business & Financial Operations $86,850
Computer & Mathematical $96,380
Architecture & Engineering $98,920
Life, Physical, & Social Science $95,790
Community & Social Service $48,970
Legal $145,660
Education, Training, & Library $60,040
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $75,710
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $75,160
Healthcare Support $28,470
Protective Service $51,470
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,500
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,850
Personal Care & Service $26,690
Sales & Related $28,240
Office & Administrative Support $45,550
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,950
Construction & Extraction $48,280
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $54,170
Production $49,900
Transportation & Material Moving $37,340