Living Wage Calculation for Lawrence, KS

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 $16.65 $33.29 $41.68 $55.54 $25.79 $31.75 $37.50 $41.26 $12.74 $18.39 $23.79 $28.18
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 $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 $3,423 $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 $8,416 $16,832 $25,247 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,416 $16,832 $25,247
Medical $2,594 $9,230 $9,017 $9,327 $6,202 $9,017 $9,327 $9,116 $6,202 $9,017 $9,327 $9,116
Housing $8,544 $11,400 $11,400 $16,320 $9,072 $11,400 $11,400 $16,320 $8,544 $11,400 $11,400 $16,320
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 $27,823 $55,640 $69,667 $92,823 $43,099 $53,068 $62,675 $68,957 $42,571 $61,484 $79,507 $94,204
Annual taxes $6,804 $13,607 $17,037 $22,700 $10,540 $12,978 $15,327 $16,864 $10,411 $15,036 $19,444 $23,038
Required annual income before taxes $34,627 $69,247 $86,704 $115,524 $53,639 $66,045 $78,002 $85,821 $52,982 $76,520 $98,950 $117,243

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $89,399
Business & Financial Operations $59,588
Computer & Mathematical $67,431
Architecture & Engineering $70,866
Life, Physical, & Social Science $56,368
Community & Social Service $44,694
Legal $70,160
Education, Training, & Library $58,347
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $36,680
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $65,805
Healthcare Support $28,804
Protective Service $47,861
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,566
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,795
Personal Care & Service $23,626
Sales & Related $29,061
Office & Administrative Support $36,658
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $45,807
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $49,616
Production $37,407
Transportation & Material Moving $31,009