Living Wage Calculation for Bowling Green, KY

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 $11.25 $23.14 $28.96 $36.59 $17.97 $22.10 $24.59 $27.70 $8.95 $12.89 $15.78 $18.99
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 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25

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 $3,010 $4,446 $6,682 $8,863 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802
Child Care $0 $6,384 $12,111 $17,838 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,384 $12,111 $17,838
Medical $2,649 $7,370 $7,082 $7,202 $5,663 $7,082 $7,202 $7,103 $5,663 $7,082 $7,202 $7,103
Housing $6,934 $9,022 $9,022 $12,021 $7,056 $9,022 $9,022 $12,021 $6,934 $9,022 $9,022 $12,021
Transportation $4,322 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206
Other $2,812 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126
Required annual income after taxes $19,727 $40,335 $50,453 $63,691 $31,351 $38,537 $42,863 $48,259 $31,228 $44,921 $54,974 $66,097
Annual taxes $3,683 $7,788 $9,786 $12,413 $6,017 $7,433 $8,287 $9,366 $6,000 $8,693 $10,679 $12,889
Required annual income before taxes $23,410 $48,122 $60,239 $76,104 $37,368 $45,969 $51,150 $57,624 $37,228 $53,614 $65,653 $78,985

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $78,412
Business & Financial Operations $55,043
Computer & Mathematical $54,382
Architecture & Engineering $64,201
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,567
Community & Social Service $38,301
Legal $55,246
Education, Training, & Library $52,552
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $33,757
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $55,348
Healthcare Support $26,103
Protective Service $29,346
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,842
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,203
Personal Care & Service $22,210
Sales & Related $24,162
Office & Administrative Support $31,257
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,954
Construction & Extraction $39,978
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,151
Production $36,583
Transportation & Material Moving $29,895