Living Wage Calculation for Billings, MT

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 $13.58 $29.13 $36.76 $48.02 $22.77 $27.48 $31.33 $34.28 $11.05 $16.10 $20.40 $24.24
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 $8.65 $8.65 $8.65 $8.65 $8.65 $8.65 $8.65 $8.65 $8.65 $8.65 $8.65 $8.65

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 $3,792 $5,574 $8,343 $11,093 $6,952 $8,639 $11,106 $13,540 $6,952 $8,639 $11,106 $13,540
Child Care $0 $7,789 $15,579 $23,368 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,789 $15,579 $23,368
Medical $2,450 $7,030 $6,717 $6,857 $5,400 $6,717 $6,857 $6,511 $5,400 $6,717 $6,857 $6,511
Housing $6,604 $10,141 $10,141 $14,259 $7,700 $10,141 $10,141 $14,259 $6,604 $10,141 $10,141 $14,259
Transportation $4,900 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $12,085 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $12,085
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 $2,794 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $6,055 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $6,055
Required annual income after taxes $22,352 $47,963 $60,517 $79,058 $37,481 $45,234 $51,586 $56,432 $36,385 $53,024 $67,164 $79,800
Annual taxes $5,888 $12,635 $15,942 $20,826 $9,873 $11,916 $13,589 $14,865 $9,585 $13,968 $17,693 $21,021
Required annual income before taxes $28,240 $60,598 $76,459 $99,884 $47,354 $57,150 $65,174 $71,297 $45,970 $66,991 $84,857 $100,821

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $91,645
Business & Financial Operations $60,943
Computer & Mathematical $63,797
Architecture & Engineering $78,969
Life, Physical, & Social Science $63,859
Community & Social Service $39,602
Legal $59,767
Education, Training, & Library $45,106
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $34,221
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $71,184
Healthcare Support $29,760
Protective Service $44,206
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,796
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,535
Personal Care & Service $24,655
Sales & Related $32,032
Office & Administrative Support $36,461
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,709
Construction & Extraction $50,723
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,096
Production $39,756
Transportation & Material Moving $35,981