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 $15.67 $31.97 $40.55 $54.11 $25.06 $30.54 $36.33 $39.97 $12.20 $17.82 $23.25 $27.61
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
Minimum Wage $9.20 $9.20 $9.20 $9.20 $9.20 $9.20 $9.20 $9.20 $9.20 $9.20 $9.20 $9.20

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 $3,999 $5,893 $8,853 $11,742 $7,332 $9,124 $11,764 $14,321 $7,332 $9,124 $11,764 $14,321
Child Care $0 $8,373 $16,747 $25,120 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,373 $16,747 $25,120
Medical $2,212 $7,362 $7,149 $7,458 $5,546 $7,149 $7,458 $7,247 $5,546 $7,149 $7,458 $7,247
Housing $7,196 $10,902 $10,902 $15,066 $8,268 $10,902 $10,902 $15,066 $7,196 $10,902 $10,902 $15,066
Transportation $4,938 $8,762 $11,391 $13,456 $8,762 $11,391 $13,456 $14,613 $8,762 $11,391 $13,456 $14,613
Civic $2,581 $4,144 $5,120 $6,686 $4,144 $5,120 $6,686 $5,314 $4,144 $5,120 $6,686 $5,314
Other $4,748 $7,080 $6,477 $9,424 $7,080 $6,477 $9,424 $9,115 $7,080 $6,477 $9,424 $9,115
Required annual income after taxes $25,797 $52,640 $66,762 $89,075 $41,256 $50,287 $59,812 $65,800 $40,184 $58,660 $76,559 $90,921
Annual taxes $6,795 $13,867 $17,587 $23,465 $10,868 $13,247 $15,756 $17,333 $10,585 $15,452 $20,167 $23,951
Required annual income before taxes $32,592 $66,507 $84,349 $112,540 $52,123 $63,533 $75,568 $83,134 $50,769 $74,113 $96,726 $114,871

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $97,787
Business & Financial Operations $67,410
Computer & Mathematical $69,828
Architecture & Engineering $84,466
Life, Physical, & Social Science $70,192
Community & Social Service $41,623
Legal $66,554
Education, Training, & Library $47,893
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $34,336
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $76,205
Healthcare Support $31,747
Protective Service $52,719
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,151
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,158
Personal Care & Service $26,793
Sales & Related $33,726
Office & Administrative Support $39,194
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,132
Construction & Extraction $51,799
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,734
Production $43,035
Transportation & Material Moving $38,916