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 $20.49 $39.41 $48.82 $63.18 $30.70 $35.64 $39.41 $43.36 $15.35 $21.15 $26.37 $31.68
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
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 $3,177 $4,670 $6,990 $9,294 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345
Child Care $0 $10,752 $21,505 $32,257 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,752 $21,505 $32,257
Medical $2,622 $8,210 $7,898 $8,038 $6,234 $7,898 $8,038 $7,691 $6,234 $7,898 $8,038 $7,691
Housing $17,484 $20,484 $20,484 $26,580 $18,000 $20,484 $20,484 $26,580 $18,000 $20,484 $20,484 $26,580
Transportation $5,113 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611
Civic $1,811 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982
Other $2,875 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $33,083 $62,070 $77,248 $100,408 $48,012 $55,991 $62,066 $68,443 $48,012 $66,743 $83,571 $100,700
Annual taxes $9,527 $19,903 $24,297 $31,001 $15,833 $18,143 $19,902 $21,748 $15,833 $21,256 $26,127 $31,086
Required annual income before taxes $42,609 $81,973 $101,545 $131,410 $63,846 $74,134 $81,968 $90,191 $63,846 $87,998 $109,699 $131,786

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $145,222
Business & Financial Operations $97,855
Computer & Mathematical $112,893
Architecture & Engineering $110,868
Life, Physical, & Social Science $105,814
Community & Social Service $61,250
Legal $160,895
Education, Training, & Library $71,306
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $88,044
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $89,813
Healthcare Support $31,950
Protective Service $59,071
Food Preparation & Serving Related $32,860
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $35,091
Personal Care & Service $34,825
Sales & Related $37,004
Office & Administrative Support $52,216
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $42,896
Construction & Extraction $56,943
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $60,431
Production $51,408
Transportation & Material Moving $38,886