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 $11.10 $22.77 $28.18 $35.95 $17.58 $21.43 $24.00 $26.65 $8.70 $12.52 $15.43 $18.38
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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 $2,994 $4,413 $6,644 $8,812 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741 $5,489 $6,832 $8,822 $10,741
Child Care $0 $6,280 $11,915 $17,549 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,280 $11,915 $17,549
Medical $2,269 $6,871 $6,527 $6,609 $4,986 $6,527 $6,609 $6,329 $4,986 $6,527 $6,609 $6,329
Housing $6,754 $9,020 $9,020 $12,242 $7,103 $9,020 $9,020 $12,242 $6,754 $9,020 $9,020 $12,242
Transportation $4,623 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329 $8,424 $9,905 $11,459 $11,329
Other $2,824 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808 $4,697 $5,099 $5,935 $5,808
Required annual income after taxes $19,463 $39,704 $49,110 $62,607 $30,698 $37,383 $41,846 $46,449 $30,349 $43,663 $53,761 $63,998
Annual taxes $3,630 $7,649 $9,507 $12,169 $5,872 $7,191 $8,072 $8,978 $5,824 $8,431 $10,425 $12,444
Required annual income before taxes $23,093 $47,352 $58,616 $74,776 $36,570 $44,573 $49,917 $55,427 $36,172 $52,094 $64,186 $76,442

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $77,884
Business & Financial Operations $54,841
Computer & Mathematical $56,446
Architecture & Engineering $65,817
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,528
Community & Social Service $36,211
Legal $54,594
Education, Training, & Library $52,444
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $31,129
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,011
Healthcare Support $25,625
Protective Service $29,576
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,720
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,578
Personal Care & Service $20,451
Sales & Related $24,206
Office & Administrative Support $30,615
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,652
Construction & Extraction $39,976
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,058
Production $35,984
Transportation & Material Moving $30,604