Living Wage Calculation for Columbus, OH

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 $11.22 $23.45 $27.75 $34.29 $18.29 $21.79 $24.37 $26.92 $8.78 $12.88 $15.23 $17.55
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 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30

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 $3,058 $4,508 $6,786 $9,001 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972 $5,607 $6,979 $9,012 $10,972
Child Care $0 $7,037 $10,749 $14,461 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,037 $10,749 $14,461
Medical $2,332 $6,081 $5,737 $5,819 $5,182 $5,737 $5,819 $5,539 $5,182 $5,737 $5,819 $5,539
Housing $7,171 $10,831 $10,831 $13,923 $8,493 $10,831 $10,831 $13,923 $7,171 $10,831 $10,831 $13,923
Transportation $4,866 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925 $8,867 $10,426 $12,063 $11,925
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $20,212 $41,956 $49,560 $61,122 $32,782 $39,003 $43,579 $48,088 $31,459 $46,040 $54,328 $62,549
Annual taxes $3,121 $6,825 $8,167 $10,205 $5,260 $6,316 $7,111 $7,905 $5,075 $7,546 $9,008 $10,457
Required annual income before taxes $23,334 $48,781 $57,727 $71,327 $38,041 $45,320 $50,691 $55,993 $36,534 $53,586 $63,337 $73,006

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $103,016
Business & Financial Operations $66,969
Computer & Mathematical $88,346
Architecture & Engineering $74,335
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,308
Community & Social Service $45,366
Legal $69,253
Education, Training, & Library $51,827
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $48,854
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $63,513
Healthcare Support $25,450
Protective Service $44,862
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,677
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,561
Personal Care & Service $23,064
Sales & Related $28,002
Office & Administrative Support $36,015
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,539
Construction & Extraction $46,056
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,107
Production $37,095
Transportation & Material Moving $29,966