Living Wage Calculation for Pocahontas County, Iowa

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 $13.55 $28.89 $35.83 $47.00 $22.77 $26.42 $31.20 $32.56 $11.39 $15.60 $20.37 $23.47
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 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

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 $3,246 $4,771 $7,141 $9,494 $5,950 $7,394 $9,505 $11,589 $5,950 $7,394 $9,505 $11,589
Child Care $0 $8,203 $16,405 $24,608 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,203 $16,405 $24,608
Medical $2,791 $7,438 $7,126 $7,265 $5,889 $7,126 $7,265 $6,919 $5,889 $7,126 $7,265 $6,919
Housing $5,964 $8,244 $8,244 $10,632 $6,288 $8,244 $8,244 $10,632 $6,288 $8,244 $8,244 $10,632
Transportation $5,149 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $12,698 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $12,698
Civic $2,451 $5,052 $3,939 $6,151 $5,052 $3,939 $6,151 $5,722 $5,052 $3,939 $6,151 $5,722
Other $4,166 $7,020 $7,453 $8,909 $7,020 $7,453 $8,909 $8,771 $7,020 $7,453 $8,909 $8,771
Required annual income after taxes $23,766 $50,171 $62,061 $81,052 $39,642 $45,909 $54,068 $56,331 $39,642 $54,112 $70,473 $80,939
Annual taxes $4,409 $9,921 $12,459 $16,705 $7,725 $9,051 $10,835 $11,400 $7,725 $10,783 $14,278 $16,679
Required annual income before taxes $28,174 $60,091 $74,519 $97,757 $47,367 $54,960 $64,903 $67,732 $47,367 $64,894 $84,750 $97,619

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $90,182
Business & Financial Operations $63,593
Computer & Mathematical $79,747
Architecture & Engineering $73,567
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,600
Community & Social Service $44,421
Legal $60,933
Education, Training, & Library $45,188
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,702
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,022
Healthcare Support $30,303
Protective Service $44,902
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,425
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,205
Personal Care & Service $23,765
Sales & Related $27,479
Office & Administrative Support $37,740
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,418
Construction & Extraction $47,715
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,398
Production $38,037
Transportation & Material Moving $36,175