Living Wage Calculation for Howard County, Arkansas

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family. The assumption is the sole provider is working full-time (2080 hours per year). The tool provides information for individuals, and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In the case of households with two working adults, all values are per working adult, single or in a family unless otherwise noted.

The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. Data are updated annually, in the first quarter of the new year. State minimum wages are determined based on the posted value of the minimum wage as of January one of the coming year (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2019). The poverty rate reflects a person's 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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Living Wage $9.86 $21.18 $25.12 $30.79 $16.85 $20.60 $23.19 $25.22 $8.42 $11.74 $13.91 $15.80
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
Minimum Wage $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50

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.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Food $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $4,964 $7,968 $10,972 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,964 $7,968 $10,972
Medical $2,213 $7,056 $6,712 $6,795 $5,331 $6,712 $6,795 $6,514 $5,331 $6,712 $6,795 $6,514
Housing $4,848 $7,596 $7,596 $9,648 $5,712 $7,596 $7,596 $9,648 $5,712 $7,596 $7,596 $9,648
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $17,501 $37,149 $43,924 $53,621 $29,652 $36,144 $40,607 $44,040 $29,652 $41,108 $48,575 $55,012
Annual taxes $3,013 $6,907 $8,327 $10,427 $5,387 $6,697 $7,632 $8,420 $5,387 $7,737 $9,301 $10,718
Required annual income before taxes $20,513 $44,056 $52,251 $64,047 $35,039 $42,841 $48,238 $52,459 $35,039 $48,845 $57,876 $65,730

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $76,382
Business & Financial Operations $56,806
Computer & Mathematical $66,712
Architecture & Engineering $66,404
Life, Physical, & Social Science $52,958
Community & Social Service $37,774
Legal $54,069
Education, Training, & Library $44,513
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,287
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $52,629
Healthcare Support $24,576
Protective Service $34,205
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,906
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,881
Personal Care & Service $20,554
Sales & Related $23,712
Office & Administrative Support $30,255
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,991
Construction & Extraction $35,707
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,276
Production $30,594
Transportation & Material Moving $29,709