Living Wage Calculation for Grand Junction, 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 $11.58 $25.25 $29.76 $37.44 $18.65 $22.50 $25.21 $28.88 $9.17 $13.85 $16.30 $19.23
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 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20 $10.20

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 $3,573 $5,267 $7,929 $10,517 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820 $6,551 $8,154 $10,529 $12,820
Child Care $0 $9,133 $12,967 $16,800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,133 $12,967 $16,800
Medical $2,367 $6,958 $6,615 $6,697 $5,771 $6,615 $6,697 $6,416 $5,771 $6,615 $6,697 $6,416
Housing $7,068 $10,128 $10,128 $14,736 $7,620 $10,128 $10,128 $14,736 $7,068 $10,128 $10,128 $14,736
Transportation $4,206 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307 $7,664 $9,011 $10,425 $10,307
Other $2,976 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121 $4,951 $5,375 $6,256 $6,121
Required annual income after taxes $20,190 $44,100 $52,025 $65,431 $32,556 $39,283 $44,035 $50,401 $32,004 $48,416 $57,002 $67,201
Annual taxes $3,888 $8,410 $9,883 $12,454 $6,240 $7,515 $8,398 $9,661 $6,163 $9,212 $10,807 $12,782
Required annual income before taxes $24,078 $52,510 $61,908 $77,885 $38,796 $46,798 $52,433 $60,062 $38,167 $57,628 $67,810 $79,983

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,015
Business & Financial Operations $61,054
Computer & Mathematical $71,053
Architecture & Engineering $67,833
Life, Physical, & Social Science $64,459
Community & Social Service $43,350
Legal $60,777
Education, Training, & Library $41,570
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $32,765
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $69,099
Healthcare Support $29,617
Protective Service $42,465
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,027
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $26,572
Personal Care & Service $21,809
Sales & Related $27,539
Office & Administrative Support $32,394
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,463
Construction & Extraction $45,696
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,000
Production $32,713
Transportation & Material Moving $34,184