Living Wage Calculation for Columbia, MO

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 $15.69 $31.30 $39.30 $51.66 $24.90 $30.14 $35.86 $38.53 $12.29 $17.39 $22.58 $26.24
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 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15

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 $3,423 $5,044 $7,577 $10,050 $6,275 $7,809 $10,068 $12,257 $6,275 $7,809 $10,068 $12,257
Child Care $0 $7,803 $15,605 $23,408 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,803 $15,605 $23,408
Medical $2,666 $9,045 $8,832 $9,141 $6,449 $8,832 $9,141 $8,930 $6,449 $8,832 $9,141 $8,930
Housing $6,976 $9,072 $9,072 $12,176 $7,495 $9,072 $9,072 $12,176 $6,976 $9,072 $9,072 $12,176
Transportation $5,305 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $15,700 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $15,700
Civic $2,894 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $5,959 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $5,959
Other $4,939 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $9,484 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $9,484
Required annual income after taxes $26,326 $52,513 $65,927 $86,655 $41,769 $50,554 $60,162 $64,628 $41,250 $58,357 $75,767 $88,036
Annual taxes $6,316 $12,599 $15,818 $20,791 $10,021 $12,129 $14,434 $15,506 $9,897 $14,001 $18,178 $21,122
Required annual income before taxes $32,642 $65,113 $81,745 $107,446 $51,790 $62,684 $74,596 $80,134 $51,147 $72,358 $93,945 $109,158

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,570
Business & Financial Operations $61,076
Computer & Mathematical $76,152
Architecture & Engineering $72,236
Life, Physical, & Social Science $64,040
Community & Social Service $45,850
Legal $66,276
Education, Training, & Library $0
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $44,940
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $64,789
Healthcare Support $29,125
Protective Service $37,771
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,364
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,463
Personal Care & Service $27,360
Sales & Related $27,767
Office & Administrative Support $37,086
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,052
Construction & Extraction $48,706
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,924
Production $42,115
Transportation & Material Moving $31,362