Living Wage Calculation for Kennewick-Richland, WA

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 $13.49 $28.42 $35.61 $46.44 $22.19 $26.72 $30.27 $33.28 $10.55 $15.62 $19.66 $23.43
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 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50 $13.50

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 $8,103 $16,206 $24,309 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,103 $16,206 $24,309
Medical $2,206 $6,692 $6,380 $6,520 $4,737 $6,380 $6,520 $6,173 $4,737 $6,380 $6,520 $6,173
Housing $8,640 $13,068 $13,068 $17,724 $10,596 $13,068 $13,068 $17,724 $8,640 $13,068 $13,068 $17,724
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 $24,143 $50,866 $63,734 $83,127 $39,714 $47,823 $54,175 $59,559 $37,758 $55,927 $70,381 $83,869
Annual taxes $3,914 $8,246 $10,332 $13,476 $6,438 $7,753 $8,783 $9,655 $6,121 $9,067 $11,410 $13,596
Required annual income before taxes $28,057 $59,113 $74,066 $96,603 $46,152 $55,576 $62,957 $69,215 $43,879 $64,993 $81,791 $97,465

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $120,791
Business & Financial Operations $72,790
Computer & Mathematical $88,760
Architecture & Engineering $107,461
Life, Physical, & Social Science $89,650
Community & Social Service $54,610
Legal $60,319
Education, Training, & Library $51,603
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,390
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $79,839
Healthcare Support $31,275
Protective Service $59,030
Food Preparation & Serving Related $27,397
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,855
Personal Care & Service $30,262
Sales & Related $30,804
Office & Administrative Support $39,919
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,167
Construction & Extraction $57,403
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,874
Production $39,643
Transportation & Material Moving $33,750