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 $11.05 $24.78 $30.92 $39.65 $18.59 $23.39 $26.08 $30.18 $8.96 $13.82 $16.87 $20.63
Poverty Wage $6.00 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $14.50 $4.06 $5.13 $6.19 $7.25
Minimum Wage $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50 $8.50

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 $3,592 $5,306 $7,976 $10,578 $6,586 $8,208 $10,589 $12,893 $6,586 $8,208 $10,589 $12,893
Child Care $0 $7,320 $13,187 $19,053 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,320 $13,187 $19,053
Medical $2,123 $7,193 $6,905 $7,025 $5,185 $6,905 $7,025 $6,927 $5,185 $6,905 $7,025 $6,927
Housing $6,934 $10,797 $10,797 $15,139 $8,158 $10,797 $10,797 $15,139 $6,934 $10,797 $10,797 $15,139
Transportation $4,094 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $11,564 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $11,564
Other $2,734 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $5,955 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $5,955
Required annual income after taxes $19,477 $43,156 $53,723 $68,780 $32,468 $40,769 $45,396 $52,479 $31,244 $48,089 $58,583 $71,532
Annual taxes $3,507 $8,390 $10,594 $13,699 $6,194 $7,893 $8,857 $10,301 $6,023 $9,419 $11,607 $14,273
Required annual income before taxes $22,984 $51,546 $64,316 $82,479 $38,662 $48,661 $54,253 $62,779 $37,267 $57,507 $70,190 $85,805

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $91,067
Business & Financial Operations $60,013
Computer & Mathematical $60,786
Architecture & Engineering $76,958
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,781
Community & Social Service $38,698
Legal $59,647
Education, Training, & Library $42,723
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $32,284
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $68,460
Healthcare Support $30,179
Protective Service $43,048
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,125
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,037
Personal Care & Service $23,969
Sales & Related $29,722
Office & Administrative Support $34,408
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,953
Construction & Extraction $46,565
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,553
Production $38,677
Transportation & Material Moving $38,291