Living Wage Calculation for Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

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 $15.81 $33.91 $42.00 $54.25 $25.78 $31.19 $34.78 $37.82 $12.15 $18.33 $22.87 $27.21
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 $9,265 $18,530 $27,795 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,265 $18,530 $27,795
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 $10,764 $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 $57,337 $71,026 $91,463 $43,599 $52,744 $58,820 $63,960 $41,103 $62,009 $77,349 $91,755
Annual taxes $6,151 $13,188 $16,337 $21,385 $10,028 $12,132 $13,529 $14,712 $9,454 $14,263 $17,791 $21,453
Required annual income before taxes $32,892 $70,525 $87,363 $112,848 $53,627 $64,876 $72,349 $78,672 $50,557 $76,272 $95,141 $113,208

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $118,183
Business & Financial Operations $75,890
Computer & Mathematical $101,793
Architecture & Engineering $91,235
Life, Physical, & Social Science $76,125
Community & Social Service $50,354
Legal $74,775
Education, Training, & Library $63,511
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $51,592
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $74,590
Healthcare Support $31,244
Protective Service $45,669
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,553
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,891
Personal Care & Service $26,507
Sales & Related $29,750
Office & Administrative Support $41,802
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,467
Construction & Extraction $48,462
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,436
Production $38,937
Transportation & Material Moving $33,894