Living Wage Calculation for Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

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 $17.40 $36.15 $45.45 $60.09 $27.03 $32.66 $36.41 $41.07 $13.00 $19.57 $24.69 $30.26
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 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00

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 $3,792 $5,574 $8,343 $11,093 $6,952 $8,639 $11,106 $13,540 $6,952 $8,639 $11,106 $13,540
Child Care $0 $10,985 $21,970 $32,955 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,985 $21,970 $32,955
Medical $2,810 $8,448 $8,135 $8,275 $6,276 $8,135 $8,275 $7,929 $6,276 $8,135 $8,275 $7,929
Housing $13,368 $18,792 $18,792 $25,956 $15,120 $18,792 $18,792 $25,956 $13,368 $18,792 $18,792 $25,956
Transportation $4,900 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $12,085 $8,987 $11,186 $13,317 $12,085
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 $2,794 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $6,055 $4,553 $4,996 $6,037 $6,055
Required annual income after taxes $29,476 $61,227 $76,978 $101,760 $45,777 $55,303 $61,654 $69,547 $44,025 $66,288 $83,625 $102,502
Annual taxes $6,726 $13,972 $17,566 $23,222 $10,446 $12,620 $14,070 $15,871 $10,046 $15,127 $19,083 $23,391
Required annual income before taxes $36,202 $75,199 $94,544 $124,982 $56,223 $67,923 $75,724 $85,417 $54,071 $81,415 $102,708 $125,893

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $133,232
Business & Financial Operations $77,373
Computer & Mathematical $98,745
Architecture & Engineering $88,279
Life, Physical, & Social Science $73,731
Community & Social Service $51,613
Legal $98,059
Education, Training, & Library $52,032
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $52,984
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $77,128
Healthcare Support $33,986
Protective Service $42,027
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,129
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,108
Personal Care & Service $29,208
Sales & Related $38,886
Office & Administrative Support $43,183
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,494
Construction & Extraction $51,899
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $52,626
Production $38,446
Transportation & Material Moving $37,454