Living Wage Calculation for Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

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 $15.82 $32.48 $41.33 $54.65 $25.67 $31.22 $37.62 $40.78 $12.38 $18.03 $23.71 $27.75
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 $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 $3,423 $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 $7,912 $15,823 $23,734 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,912 $15,823 $23,734
Medical $2,766 $8,373 $8,160 $8,470 $5,769 $8,160 $8,470 $8,259 $5,769 $8,160 $8,470 $8,259
Housing $6,900 $10,236 $10,236 $13,981 $8,375 $10,236 $10,236 $13,981 $6,900 $10,236 $10,236 $13,981
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 $26,350 $53,114 $66,637 $88,114 $41,968 $51,047 $60,654 $65,761 $40,493 $58,958 $76,477 $89,495
Annual taxes $6,551 $14,453 $19,324 $25,552 $11,420 $13,890 $17,589 $19,070 $11,018 $16,043 $22,177 $25,953
Required annual income before taxes $32,901 $67,567 $85,961 $113,666 $53,388 $64,936 $78,243 $84,831 $51,511 $75,001 $98,654 $115,448

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $112,286
Business & Financial Operations $75,061
Computer & Mathematical $92,020
Architecture & Engineering $75,970
Life, Physical, & Social Science $69,700
Community & Social Service $55,084
Legal $81,042
Education, Training, & Library $49,466
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,776
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,752
Healthcare Support $33,801
Protective Service $43,367
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,413
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,446
Personal Care & Service $27,649
Sales & Related $32,956
Office & Administrative Support $44,459
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $36,573
Construction & Extraction $51,060
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $52,077
Production $39,858
Transportation & Material Moving $41,077