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 $10.95 $24.14 $29.29 $36.79 $18.06 $21.99 $24.53 $28.30 $8.56 $13.42 $15.98 $19.15
Poverty Wage $6.00 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $14.50 $4.06 $5.13 $6.19 $7.25
Minimum Wage $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00

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 $3,592 $5,306 $7,976 $10,578 $6,586 $8,208 $10,589 $12,893 $6,586 $8,208 $10,589 $12,893
Child Care $0 $8,856 $13,555 $18,255 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,856 $13,555 $18,255
Medical $1,960 $5,825 $5,537 $5,657 $4,499 $5,537 $5,657 $5,558 $4,499 $5,537 $5,657 $5,558
Housing $7,608 $11,544 $11,544 $15,684 $9,336 $11,544 $11,544 $15,684 $7,608 $11,544 $11,544 $15,684
Transportation $4,094 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $11,564 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $11,564
Other $2,734 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $5,955 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $5,955
Required annual income after taxes $19,989 $44,071 $53,470 $67,158 $32,961 $40,147 $44,775 $51,655 $31,233 $49,003 $58,330 $69,910
Annual taxes $2,788 $6,148 $7,459 $9,369 $4,598 $5,601 $6,246 $7,206 $4,357 $6,836 $8,137 $9,752
Required annual income before taxes $22,777 $50,219 $60,929 $76,527 $37,559 $45,748 $51,021 $58,861 $35,590 $55,839 $66,467 $79,662

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $120,149
Business & Financial Operations $74,620
Computer & Mathematical $87,591
Architecture & Engineering $106,182
Life, Physical, & Social Science $89,491
Community & Social Service $54,026
Legal $62,189
Education, Training, & Library $49,127
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,171
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $79,286
Healthcare Support $31,003
Protective Service $57,564
Food Preparation & Serving Related $25,717
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,986
Personal Care & Service $28,380
Sales & Related $28,512
Office & Administrative Support $38,484
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,920
Construction & Extraction $51,282
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,045
Production $39,531
Transportation & Material Moving $34,937