Living Wage Calculation for Great Falls, MT

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 $11.29 $24.10 $29.83 $38.19 $18.20 $22.42 $25.18 $28.33 $9.08 $13.30 $16.36 $19.61
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 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30 $8.30

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 $7,202 $12,973 $18,744 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,202 $12,973 $18,744
Medical $2,349 $7,728 $7,384 $7,466 $5,727 $7,384 $7,466 $7,186 $5,727 $7,384 $7,466 $7,186
Housing $6,768 $9,060 $9,060 $12,696 $6,816 $9,060 $9,060 $12,696 $6,768 $9,060 $9,060 $12,696
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 $19,872 $41,870 $51,733 $66,105 $31,708 $38,984 $43,737 $49,130 $31,660 $46,186 $56,710 $67,874
Annual taxes $3,611 $8,251 $10,307 $13,326 $6,138 $7,649 $8,640 $9,787 $6,131 $9,151 $11,345 $13,695
Required annual income before taxes $23,482 $50,121 $62,040 $79,431 $37,846 $46,633 $52,377 $58,917 $37,791 $55,337 $68,055 $81,569

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $77,462
Business & Financial Operations $52,855
Computer & Mathematical $45,768
Architecture & Engineering $64,789
Life, Physical, & Social Science $48,895
Community & Social Service $38,062
Legal $66,249
Education, Training, & Library $24,905
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $35,388
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,527
Healthcare Support $26,181
Protective Service $39,153
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,842
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,977
Personal Care & Service $23,547
Sales & Related $25,111
Office & Administrative Support $31,592
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $27,580
Construction & Extraction $47,208
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $40,665
Production $35,408
Transportation & Material Moving $30,759