Living Wage Calculation for Washington

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 $10.34 $22.40 $26.55 $34.03 $16.82 $20.43 $23.01 $26.55 $8.41 $12.32 $14.63 $17.42
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 $9.32 $9.32 $9.32 $9.32 $9.32 $9.32 $9.32 $9.32 $9.32 $9.32 $9.32 $9.32

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 $3,607 $5,319 $8,002 $10,607 $6,612 $8,234 $10,627 $12,932 $6,612 $8,234 $10,627 $12,932
Child Care $0 $7,875 $11,659 $15,443 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,875 $11,659 $15,443
Medical $1,679 $5,761 $5,550 $5,614 $4,326 $5,550 $5,614 $5,581 $4,326 $5,550 $5,614 $5,581
Housing $7,657 $11,464 $11,464 $16,584 $9,086 $11,464 $11,464 $16,584 $9,086 $11,464 $11,464 $16,584
Transportation $4,054 $7,382 $8,509 $9,970 $7,382 $8,509 $9,970 $9,525 $7,382 $8,509 $9,970 $9,525
Other $2,284 $3,971 $4,344 $5,250 $3,971 $4,344 $5,250 $4,905 $3,971 $4,344 $5,250 $4,905
Required annual income after taxes $19,281 $41,772 $49,527 $63,468 $31,378 $38,099 $42,924 $49,528 $31,378 $45,974 $54,583 $64,971
Annual taxes $2,221 $4,812 $5,706 $7,312 $3,615 $4,389 $4,945 $5,706 $3,615 $5,296 $6,288 $7,485
Required annual income before taxes $21,502 $46,584 $55,232 $70,780 $34,992 $42,488 $47,869 $55,233 $34,992 $51,271 $60,871 $72,455

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,870
Business & Financial Operations $68,040
Computer & Mathematical $99,410
Architecture & Engineering $85,240
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,320
Community & Social Service $42,660
Legal $75,440
Education, Training, & Library $47,270
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,560
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $72,920
Healthcare Support $31,940
Protective Service $46,060
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,410
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,060
Personal Care & Service $23,900
Sales & Related $29,100
Office & Administrative Support $36,200
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,200
Construction & Extraction $51,270
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,300
Production $36,730
Transportation & Material Moving $33,490