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 $11.74 $23.50 $27.26 $33.15 $19.32 $23.43 $25.95 $29.41 $9.15 $13.08 $14.94 $17.28
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 $4,697 $6,770 $8,842 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,697 $6,770 $8,842
Medical $2,440 $7,288 $6,999 $7,120 $5,174 $6,999 $7,120 $7,021 $5,174 $6,999 $7,120 $7,021
Housing $8,002 $11,305 $11,305 $14,864 $9,878 $11,305 $11,305 $14,864 $8,002 $11,305 $11,305 $14,864
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 $20,585 $40,848 $47,312 $57,456 $33,684 $40,737 $45,064 $51,020 $31,808 $45,434 $51,834 $59,862
Annual taxes $3,825 $8,025 $9,379 $11,500 $6,510 $8,002 $8,908 $10,152 $6,248 $8,986 $10,327 $12,004
Required annual income before taxes $24,411 $48,873 $56,692 $68,956 $40,194 $48,739 $53,972 $61,172 $38,056 $54,420 $62,160 $71,866

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $95,306
Business & Financial Operations $59,170
Computer & Mathematical $68,531
Architecture & Engineering $73,624
Life, Physical, & Social Science $60,887
Community & Social Service $39,145
Legal $59,861
Education, Training, & Library $45,976
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,033
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $60,034
Healthcare Support $26,662
Protective Service $36,319
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,344
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,355
Personal Care & Service $22,292
Sales & Related $25,656
Office & Administrative Support $34,144
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,680
Construction & Extraction $38,576
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $42,997
Production $37,610
Transportation & Material Moving $28,502