Living Wage Calculation for Columbus, GA

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 $11.65 $23.56 $27.13 $33.39 $18.58 $22.45 $25.02 $28.02 $9.08 $12.92 $14.91 $17.10
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 $5,895 $8,306 $10,717 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,895 $8,306 $10,717
Medical $2,392 $7,662 $7,318 $7,401 $5,495 $7,318 $7,401 $7,120 $5,495 $7,318 $7,401 $7,120
Housing $7,452 $9,876 $9,876 $13,704 $8,220 $9,876 $9,876 $13,704 $7,452 $9,876 $9,876 $13,704
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 $20,284 $40,966 $47,148 $58,028 $32,324 $39,030 $43,493 $48,702 $31,556 $44,925 $51,799 $59,419
Annual taxes $3,946 $8,046 $9,279 $11,431 $6,325 $7,660 $8,550 $9,570 $6,218 $8,836 $10,207 $11,709
Required annual income before taxes $24,230 $49,012 $56,427 $69,459 $38,649 $46,690 $52,043 $58,272 $37,774 $53,761 $62,006 $71,127

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,965
Business & Financial Operations $60,879
Computer & Mathematical $82,585
Architecture & Engineering $63,420
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,302
Community & Social Service $38,258
Legal $69,397
Education, Training, & Library $44,873
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $33,588
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,814
Healthcare Support $24,679
Protective Service $37,075
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,371
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $22,405
Personal Care & Service $20,204
Sales & Related $22,251
Office & Administrative Support $30,944
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $34,493
Construction & Extraction $36,046
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,783
Production $31,705
Transportation & Material Moving $25,666