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 $17.76 $30.34 $33.60 $41.35 $24.62 $29.16 $31.75 $36.49 $12.31 $16.32 $18.16 $21.09
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 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25

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 $5,988 $7,823 $9,657 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,988 $7,823 $9,657
Medical $2,478 $7,631 $7,287 $7,370 $5,495 $7,287 $7,370 $7,089 $5,495 $7,287 $7,370 $7,089
Housing $18,048 $21,516 $21,516 $28,236 $18,732 $21,516 $21,516 $28,236 $18,732 $21,516 $21,516 $28,236
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 $30,966 $52,668 $58,274 $71,469 $42,836 $50,639 $55,102 $63,203 $42,836 $56,627 $62,925 $72,860
Annual taxes $5,978 $10,434 $11,608 $14,545 $8,374 $10,009 $10,944 $12,689 $8,374 $11,263 $12,627 $14,857
Required annual income before taxes $36,944 $63,102 $69,883 $86,014 $51,210 $60,648 $66,046 $75,892 $51,210 $67,891 $75,551 $87,717

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $141,068
Business & Financial Operations $95,578
Computer & Mathematical $109,291
Architecture & Engineering $108,097
Life, Physical, & Social Science $104,363
Community & Social Service $57,948
Legal $160,397
Education, Training, & Library $68,821
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $82,225
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $81,423
Healthcare Support $30,954
Protective Service $57,834
Food Preparation & Serving Related $27,611
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,561
Personal Care & Service $30,584
Sales & Related $32,415
Office & Administrative Support $50,047
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $43,618
Construction & Extraction $53,956
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $57,598
Production $53,555
Transportation & Material Moving $39,379