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 $14.74 $30.53 $36.43 $47.35 $24.85 $29.03 $33.74 $35.97 $11.98 $16.40 $20.64 $23.64
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 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45 $9.45

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 $6,566 $13,132 $19,697 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,566 $13,132 $19,697
Medical $2,681 $8,683 $8,371 $8,511 $6,174 $8,371 $8,511 $8,164 $6,174 $8,371 $8,511 $8,164
Housing $8,118 $11,710 $11,710 $15,731 $9,730 $11,710 $11,710 $15,731 $8,118 $11,710 $11,710 $15,731
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 $2,451 $5,052 $3,939 $6,151 $5,052 $3,939 $6,151 $5,722 $5,052 $3,939 $6,151 $5,722
Other $4,166 $7,020 $7,453 $8,909 $7,020 $7,453 $8,909 $8,771 $7,020 $7,453 $8,909 $8,771
Required annual income after taxes $25,810 $53,245 $63,498 $82,485 $43,370 $50,620 $58,779 $62,675 $41,758 $57,186 $71,910 $82,373
Annual taxes $4,856 $10,260 $12,275 $15,993 $8,315 $9,767 $11,395 $12,132 $8,090 $11,046 $13,954 $15,971
Required annual income before taxes $30,666 $63,505 $75,774 $98,479 $51,684 $60,387 $70,174 $74,808 $49,848 $68,232 $85,864 $98,343

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $105,313
Business & Financial Operations $69,250
Computer & Mathematical $80,575
Architecture & Engineering $76,677
Life, Physical, & Social Science $67,092
Community & Social Service $42,508
Legal $67,583
Education, Training, & Library $45,505
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,643
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $65,434
Healthcare Support $26,937
Protective Service $43,295
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,916
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,402
Personal Care & Service $24,574
Sales & Related $29,965
Office & Administrative Support $38,344
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $30,088
Construction & Extraction $52,656
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $47,930
Production $39,797
Transportation & Material Moving $33,566