Living Wage Calculation for Howard County, Maryland

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 $15.84 $36.07 $46.30 $61.22 $25.81 $31.22 $34.81 $37.85 $12.91 $19.42 $25.17 $30.70
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 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00 $11.00

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 $12,870 $25,741 $38,611 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,870 $25,741 $38,611
Medical $3,001 $8,936 $8,623 $8,763 $6,560 $8,623 $8,763 $8,417 $6,560 $8,623 $8,763 $8,417
Housing $10,764 $16,512 $16,512 $21,372 $13,260 $16,512 $16,512 $21,372 $13,260 $16,512 $16,512 $21,372
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 $26,741 $60,942 $78,237 $102,280 $43,599 $52,744 $58,820 $63,960 $43,599 $65,614 $84,561 $102,571
Annual taxes $6,215 $14,082 $18,060 $25,065 $10,093 $12,196 $13,594 $14,776 $10,093 $15,157 $20,144 $25,135
Required annual income before taxes $32,956 $75,024 $96,297 $127,345 $53,692 $64,941 $72,414 $78,737 $53,692 $80,771 $104,705 $127,706

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $122,080
Business & Financial Operations $79,071
Computer & Mathematical $102,049
Architecture & Engineering $96,576
Life, Physical, & Social Science $90,570
Community & Social Service $50,354
Legal $75,133
Education, Training, & Library $61,516
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $55,009
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $77,240
Healthcare Support $31,387
Protective Service $48,124
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,829
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,494
Personal Care & Service $26,476
Sales & Related $29,464
Office & Administrative Support $41,546
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,152
Construction & Extraction $48,728
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,889
Production $38,487
Transportation & Material Moving $33,781