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 $13.53 $27.34 $33.26 $42.20 $22.58 $26.89 $30.54 $32.59 $11.03 $15.07 $18.53 $21.19
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
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 $3,177 $4,670 $6,990 $9,294 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345
Child Care $0 $5,430 $10,859 $16,290 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,430 $10,859 $16,290
Medical $2,713 $8,368 $8,056 $8,195 $6,099 $8,056 $8,195 $7,849 $6,099 $8,056 $8,195 $7,849
Housing $6,846 $9,106 $9,106 $12,241 $7,722 $9,106 $9,106 $12,241 $6,846 $9,106 $9,106 $12,241
Transportation $5,113 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611
Civic $1,811 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982
Other $2,875 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $22,536 $45,527 $55,381 $70,259 $37,600 $44,770 $50,846 $54,261 $36,724 $50,200 $61,705 $70,551
Annual taxes $5,616 $11,346 $13,802 $17,510 $9,371 $11,158 $12,672 $13,523 $9,152 $12,511 $15,378 $17,583
Required annual income before taxes $28,153 $56,873 $69,184 $87,769 $46,970 $55,928 $63,517 $67,784 $45,876 $62,710 $77,083 $88,134

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $87,573
Business & Financial Operations $59,316
Computer & Mathematical $81,609
Architecture & Engineering $70,948
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,293
Community & Social Service $40,963
Legal $63,848
Education, Training, & Library $43,940
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $39,551
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $56,841
Healthcare Support $25,075
Protective Service $39,490
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,714
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,154
Personal Care & Service $20,993
Sales & Related $24,768
Office & Administrative Support $32,584
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,571
Construction & Extraction $38,068
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $39,418
Production $32,584
Transportation & Material Moving $26,569