Living Wage Calculation for Columbus, IN

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 $11.95 $23.21 $28.37 $35.34 $18.53 $22.12 $24.61 $27.70 $9.25 $12.91 $15.49 $18.36
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 $3,075 $4,541 $6,826 $9,053 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035
Child Care $0 $6,570 $11,280 $15,990 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,570 $11,280 $15,990
Medical $2,395 $6,525 $6,237 $6,358 $5,378 $6,237 $6,358 $6,259 $5,378 $6,237 $6,358 $6,259
Housing $8,544 $10,272 $10,272 $13,320 $8,604 $10,272 $10,272 $13,320 $8,544 $10,272 $10,272 $13,320
Transportation $4,289 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115
Other $2,929 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381
Required annual income after taxes $21,232 $41,154 $50,293 $62,656 $32,864 $39,213 $43,627 $49,109 $32,804 $45,783 $54,907 $65,099
Annual taxes $3,627 $7,128 $8,713 $10,860 $5,679 $6,791 $7,557 $8,510 $5,671 $7,931 $9,514 $11,284
Required annual income before taxes $24,859 $48,282 $59,007 $73,516 $38,543 $46,004 $51,184 $57,619 $38,474 $53,714 $64,421 $76,383

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $92,033
Business & Financial Operations $56,608
Computer & Mathematical $75,576
Architecture & Engineering $64,110
Life, Physical, & Social Science $46,870
Community & Social Service $37,742
Legal $41,737
Education, Training, & Library $38,352
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,485
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,584
Healthcare Support $28,828
Protective Service $27,049
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,604
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,209
Personal Care & Service $0
Sales & Related $25,809
Office & Administrative Support $34,916
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $47,693
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,536
Production $35,709
Transportation & Material Moving $33,300