Living Wage Calculation for District of Columbia, District of Columbia

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 $23.13 $43.07 $53.70 $70.67 $32.91 $39.50 $45.17 $50.17 $16.45 $23.34 $29.75 $35.83
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
Minimum Wage $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20

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 $3,351 $4,937 $7,417 $9,838 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999
Child Care $0 $11,559 $23,118 $34,677 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $11,559 $23,118 $34,677
Medical $2,634 $9,427 $9,214 $9,523 $6,200 $9,214 $9,523 $9,312 $6,200 $9,214 $9,523 $9,312
Housing $19,645 $22,917 $22,917 $29,383 $20,099 $22,917 $22,917 $29,383 $20,099 $22,917 $22,917 $29,383
Transportation $5,509 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304
Civic $2,503 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153
Other $4,508 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655
Required annual income after taxes $38,273 $69,481 $86,613 $113,988 $53,083 $63,723 $72,863 $80,929 $53,083 $75,282 $95,981 $115,606
Annual taxes $9,839 $20,114 $25,074 $32,998 $15,367 $18,447 $21,093 $23,428 $15,367 $21,793 $27,785 $33,467
Required annual income before taxes $48,111 $89,595 $111,687 $146,986 $68,450 $82,170 $93,956 $104,357 $68,450 $97,075 $123,766 $149,073

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $160,093
Business & Financial Operations $105,930
Computer & Mathematical $121,905
Architecture & Engineering $120,503
Life, Physical, & Social Science $113,527
Community & Social Service $65,784
Legal $178,155
Education, Training, & Library $75,221
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $93,497
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $95,615
Healthcare Support $34,240
Protective Service $67,785
Food Preparation & Serving Related $35,941
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $37,664
Personal Care & Service $38,049
Sales & Related $41,730
Office & Administrative Support $54,859
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $49,627
Construction & Extraction $61,900
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $61,889
Production $54,260
Transportation & Material Moving $43,838