Living Wage Calculation for Columbia, SC

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 $11.42 $22.91 $26.29 $32.12 $18.94 $22.52 $25.12 $27.87 $8.94 $12.61 $14.50 $16.46
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 $4,621 $6,660 $8,699 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,621 $6,660 $8,699
Medical $2,342 $7,149 $6,805 $6,887 $5,243 $6,805 $6,887 $6,606 $5,243 $6,805 $6,887 $6,606
Housing $7,240 $10,518 $10,518 $13,866 $9,160 $10,518 $10,518 $13,866 $7,240 $10,518 $10,518 $13,866
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 $20,023 $39,820 $45,631 $55,658 $33,012 $39,159 $43,621 $48,350 $31,092 $43,780 $50,281 $57,049
Annual taxes $3,722 $7,828 $9,045 $11,146 $6,383 $7,689 $8,624 $9,615 $6,115 $8,657 $10,019 $11,438
Required annual income before taxes $23,744 $47,648 $54,676 $66,804 $39,395 $46,848 $52,245 $57,965 $37,207 $52,437 $60,301 $68,487

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $93,829
Business & Financial Operations $57,876
Computer & Mathematical $68,873
Architecture & Engineering $71,671
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,388
Community & Social Service $38,772
Legal $59,285
Education, Training, & Library $45,932
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,908
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $58,318
Healthcare Support $26,345
Protective Service $34,616
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,319
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,732
Personal Care & Service $20,945
Sales & Related $24,741
Office & Administrative Support $34,236
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,436
Construction & Extraction $38,978
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,011
Production $37,610
Transportation & Material Moving $27,652