Living Wage Calculation for Polk County, Nebraska

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 $10.33 $22.73 $27.11 $33.46 $17.45 $21.07 $23.73 $26.01 $8.73 $12.55 $14.94 $17.15
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 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00

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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $6,936 $10,596 $14,256 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,936 $10,596 $14,256
Medical $2,440 $6,944 $6,600 $6,683 $5,608 $6,600 $6,683 $6,402 $5,608 $6,600 $6,683 $6,402
Housing $5,112 $7,836 $7,836 $10,296 $5,928 $7,836 $7,836 $10,296 $5,928 $7,836 $7,836 $10,296
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $18,262 $39,723 $47,275 $58,153 $30,642 $36,871 $41,447 $45,324 $30,642 $43,807 $52,043 $59,580
Annual taxes $3,224 $7,554 $9,124 $11,451 $5,654 $6,961 $7,912 $8,784 $5,654 $8,403 $10,115 $11,747
Required annual income before taxes $21,486 $47,277 $56,399 $69,604 $36,296 $43,832 $49,359 $54,108 $36,296 $52,210 $62,158 $71,328

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $88,243
Business & Financial Operations $61,466
Computer & Mathematical $75,940
Architecture & Engineering $70,889
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,651
Community & Social Service $38,865
Legal $65,694
Education, Training, & Library $49,378
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,556
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,602
Healthcare Support $28,578
Protective Service $39,976
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,148
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,368
Personal Care & Service $24,247
Sales & Related $26,829
Office & Administrative Support $33,423
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,865
Construction & Extraction $40,357
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,615
Production $36,128
Transportation & Material Moving $35,861