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 $11.48 $24.62 $28.66 $35.02 $19.04 $23.16 $25.73 $29.34 $9.12 $13.66 $15.68 $18.23
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 $7,144 $9,641 $12,139 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,144 $9,641 $12,139
Medical $2,607 $7,127 $6,839 $6,959 $5,648 $6,839 $6,959 $6,861 $5,648 $6,839 $6,959 $6,861
Housing $7,368 $10,920 $10,920 $14,712 $8,832 $10,920 $10,920 $14,712 $7,368 $10,920 $10,920 $14,712
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 $20,269 $42,978 $49,904 $60,798 $33,362 $40,463 $44,877 $51,103 $31,898 $47,607 $54,518 $63,242
Annual taxes $3,611 $8,240 $9,711 $12,050 $6,246 $7,718 $8,634 $9,929 $6,041 $9,209 $10,720 $12,584
Required annual income before taxes $23,880 $51,217 $59,615 $72,848 $39,608 $48,180 $53,511 $61,032 $37,939 $56,815 $65,238 $75,826

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $100,642
Business & Financial Operations $67,627
Computer & Mathematical $83,006
Architecture & Engineering $69,619
Life, Physical, & Social Science $66,468
Community & Social Service $47,531
Legal $69,202
Education, Training, & Library $45,010
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,710
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,097
Healthcare Support $32,345
Protective Service $35,445
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,535
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,876
Personal Care & Service $25,595
Sales & Related $28,675
Office & Administrative Support $39,074
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,843
Construction & Extraction $47,195
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,500
Production $34,713
Transportation & Material Moving $38,149