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 $14.56 $31.03 $38.97 $51.26 $23.67 $28.89 $32.64 $36.32 $11.58 $17.01 $21.45 $25.85
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 $8,682 $17,365 $26,047 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,682 $17,365 $26,047
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 $8,556 $12,420 $12,420 $17,916 $9,432 $12,420 $12,420 $17,916 $8,556 $12,420 $12,420 $17,916
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 $24,664 $52,553 $66,000 $86,812 $40,089 $48,931 $55,282 $61,507 $39,213 $57,613 $72,647 $87,554
Annual taxes $5,628 $11,992 $15,061 $19,810 $9,148 $11,166 $12,615 $14,036 $8,948 $13,147 $16,578 $19,980
Required annual income before taxes $30,292 $64,545 $81,061 $106,623 $49,237 $60,097 $67,898 $75,543 $48,161 $70,760 $89,226 $107,534

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $96,197
Business & Financial Operations $61,864
Computer & Mathematical $67,450
Architecture & Engineering $66,856
Life, Physical, & Social Science $69,352
Community & Social Service $47,163
Legal $74,007
Education, Training, & Library $43,981
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $38,272
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $72,002
Healthcare Support $27,939
Protective Service $45,894
Food Preparation & Serving Related $24,584
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,474
Personal Care & Service $25,975
Sales & Related $30,026
Office & Administrative Support $36,216
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,139
Construction & Extraction $46,354
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $48,820
Production $35,684
Transportation & Material Moving $35,449