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 $16.09 $32.59 $41.91 $56.04 $25.12 $29.92 $35.49 $38.14 $12.19 $17.99 $23.94 $28.42
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
Minimum Wage $9.30 $9.30 $9.30 $9.30 $9.30 $9.30 $9.30 $9.30 $9.30 $9.30 $9.30 $9.30

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 $3,423 $5,044 $7,577 $10,050 $6,275 $7,809 $10,068 $12,257 $6,275 $7,809 $10,068 $12,257
Child Care $0 $10,442 $20,885 $31,328 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,442 $20,885 $31,328
Medical $2,637 $6,825 $6,611 $6,921 $5,626 $6,611 $6,921 $6,710 $5,626 $6,611 $6,921 $6,710
Housing $8,547 $12,278 $12,278 $15,465 $9,823 $12,278 $12,278 $15,465 $8,547 $12,278 $12,278 $15,465
Transportation $5,305 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $15,700 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $15,700
Civic $2,894 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $5,959 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $5,959
Other $4,939 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $9,484 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $9,484
Required annual income after taxes $27,869 $56,138 $72,193 $95,643 $43,274 $51,540 $61,147 $65,697 $41,998 $61,982 $82,032 $97,025
Annual taxes $5,593 $11,642 $14,971 $20,910 $8,974 $10,688 $12,681 $13,624 $8,710 $12,854 $17,567 $21,212
Required annual income before taxes $33,462 $67,780 $87,164 $116,553 $52,248 $62,228 $73,828 $79,321 $50,708 $74,836 $99,600 $118,236

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $112,329
Business & Financial Operations $73,156
Computer & Mathematical $94,620
Architecture & Engineering $84,423
Life, Physical, & Social Science $71,209
Community & Social Service $49,562
Legal $74,130
Education, Training, & Library $61,215
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $54,912
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,496
Healthcare Support $29,072
Protective Service $52,334
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,278
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,955
Personal Care & Service $27,007
Sales & Related $34,700
Office & Administrative Support $41,527
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $36,958
Construction & Extraction $54,356
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,478
Production $40,200
Transportation & Material Moving $35,631