Living Wage Calculation for Kansas City, MO

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 $16.75 $32.74 $40.29 $52.80 $26.54 $32.01 $37.74 $41.00 $12.82 $18.11 $23.08 $26.81
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
Minimum Wage $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15 $11.15

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 $3,423 $5,044 $7,577 $10,050 $6,275 $7,809 $10,068 $12,257 $6,275 $7,809 $10,068 $12,257
Child Care $0 $7,058 $14,117 $21,175 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,058 $14,117 $21,175
Medical $2,666 $9,045 $8,832 $9,141 $6,449 $8,832 $9,141 $8,930 $6,449 $8,832 $9,141 $8,930
Housing $8,751 $12,223 $12,223 $16,328 $10,254 $12,223 $12,223 $16,328 $8,751 $12,223 $12,223 $16,328
Transportation $5,305 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $15,700 $9,414 $12,239 $14,456 $15,700
Civic $2,894 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $5,959 $4,646 $5,741 $7,496 $5,959
Other $4,939 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $9,484 $7,366 $6,739 $9,804 $9,484
Required annual income after taxes $28,102 $54,919 $67,589 $88,574 $44,529 $53,705 $63,312 $68,780 $43,025 $60,763 $77,429 $89,955
Annual taxes $6,742 $13,177 $16,216 $21,251 $10,684 $12,885 $15,190 $16,502 $10,323 $14,579 $18,577 $21,583
Required annual income before taxes $34,844 $68,096 $83,805 $109,825 $55,212 $66,590 $78,502 $85,282 $53,348 $75,342 $96,006 $111,537

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $112,179
Business & Financial Operations $74,354
Computer & Mathematical $86,948
Architecture & Engineering $83,225
Life, Physical, & Social Science $70,117
Community & Social Service $46,577
Legal $70,909
Education, Training, & Library $48,642
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $51,478
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $71,048
Healthcare Support $29,714
Protective Service $49,017
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,102
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,972
Personal Care & Service $26,247
Sales & Related $34,080
Office & Administrative Support $41,409
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,025
Construction & Extraction $57,256
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,788
Production $43,335
Transportation & Material Moving $36,305