Living Wage Calculation for Iowa City, 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 $14.69 $31.39 $40.01 $52.54 $24.08 $28.92 $32.71 $36.43 $11.80 $17.36 $22.01 $26.37
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 $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 $3,246 $4,771 $7,141 $9,494 $5,950 $7,394 $9,505 $11,589 $5,950 $7,394 $9,505 $11,589
Child Care $0 $8,724 $17,447 $26,171 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,724 $17,447 $26,171
Medical $2,791 $7,438 $7,126 $7,265 $5,889 $7,126 $7,265 $6,919 $5,889 $7,126 $7,265 $6,919
Housing $8,241 $11,812 $11,812 $16,789 $9,035 $11,812 $11,812 $16,789 $8,241 $11,812 $11,812 $16,789
Transportation $5,149 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $12,698 $9,443 $11,753 $13,993 $12,698
Civic $1,956 $4,200 $3,838 $4,457 $4,200 $3,838 $4,457 $4,300 $4,200 $3,838 $4,457 $4,300
Other $2,835 $4,620 $5,070 $6,127 $4,620 $5,070 $6,127 $6,145 $4,620 $5,070 $6,127 $6,145
Required annual income after taxes $24,216 $51,007 $64,188 $84,295 $39,137 $46,993 $53,159 $58,440 $38,343 $55,717 $70,606 $84,611
Annual taxes $6,341 $14,278 $19,032 $24,995 $10,955 $13,154 $14,880 $17,328 $10,733 $16,521 $20,936 $25,088
Required annual income before taxes $30,557 $65,285 $83,220 $109,290 $50,092 $60,148 $68,039 $75,768 $49,076 $72,238 $91,542 $109,699

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $88,709
Business & Financial Operations $63,726
Computer & Mathematical $73,803
Architecture & Engineering $72,483
Life, Physical, & Social Science $59,040
Community & Social Service $51,899
Legal $71,757
Education, Training, & Library $59,153
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $50,048
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $67,358
Healthcare Support $32,963
Protective Service $45,014
Food Preparation & Serving Related $23,622
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $32,134
Personal Care & Service $24,482
Sales & Related $27,684
Office & Administrative Support $39,121
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,952
Construction & Extraction $44,329
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $50,569
Production $38,548
Transportation & Material Moving $36,748