Living Wage Calculation for Cedar Rapids, IA

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 $10.83 $23.82 $27.86 $34.25 $18.13 $22.36 $24.93 $28.57 $8.79 $13.26 $15.28 $17.84
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 $3,075 $4,541 $6,826 $9,053 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035
Child Care $0 $7,144 $9,641 $12,139 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,144 $9,641 $12,139
Medical $2,607 $7,127 $6,839 $6,959 $5,648 $6,839 $6,959 $6,861 $5,648 $6,839 $6,959 $6,861
Housing $6,176 $9,459 $9,459 $13,301 $7,164 $9,459 $9,459 $13,301 $6,176 $9,459 $9,459 $13,301
Transportation $4,289 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115
Other $2,929 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381
Required annual income after taxes $19,077 $41,517 $48,443 $59,387 $31,694 $39,002 $43,416 $49,692 $30,706 $46,146 $53,057 $61,831
Annual taxes $3,445 $8,036 $9,507 $11,853 $6,013 $7,514 $8,430 $9,732 $5,875 $9,005 $10,516 $12,387
Required annual income before taxes $22,522 $49,553 $57,951 $71,240 $37,707 $46,516 $51,846 $59,424 $36,582 $55,150 $63,573 $74,218

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $104,342
Business & Financial Operations $62,961
Computer & Mathematical $84,663
Architecture & Engineering $73,939
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,948
Community & Social Service $39,206
Legal $64,435
Education, Training, & Library $40,975
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,729
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,015
Healthcare Support $32,304
Protective Service $47,511
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,438
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,685
Personal Care & Service $24,406
Sales & Related $27,862
Office & Administrative Support $36,878
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,066
Construction & Extraction $48,903
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,678
Production $42,703
Transportation & Material Moving $36,156