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 $14.58 $30.10 $36.64 $48.66 $23.88 $27.90 $32.55 $35.26 $11.81 $16.17 $20.72 $24.30
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 $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 $3,246 $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 $7,829 $15,657 $23,486 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,829 $15,657 $23,486
Medical $2,543 $7,842 $7,530 $7,670 $5,899 $7,530 $7,670 $7,323 $5,899 $7,530 $7,670 $7,323
Housing $8,316 $11,160 $11,160 $16,104 $8,796 $11,160 $11,160 $16,104 $8,316 $11,160 $11,160 $16,104
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 $25,870 $53,117 $64,633 $85,806 $42,160 $49,229 $57,388 $62,208 $41,680 $57,058 $73,045 $85,694
Annual taxes $4,460 $9,487 $11,586 $15,409 $7,502 $8,803 $10,316 $11,143 $7,435 $10,218 $13,147 $15,388
Required annual income before taxes $30,331 $62,604 $76,219 $101,216 $49,663 $58,032 $67,704 $73,350 $49,116 $67,276 $86,191 $101,082

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $81,158
Business & Financial Operations $54,958
Computer & Mathematical $63,910
Architecture & Engineering $65,383
Life, Physical, & Social Science $58,140
Community & Social Service $43,316
Legal $66,989
Education, Training, & Library $54,887
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $33,259
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $61,076
Healthcare Support $26,466
Protective Service $41,495
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,972
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $28,165
Personal Care & Service $21,157
Sales & Related $26,916
Office & Administrative Support $33,208
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $0
Construction & Extraction $44,707
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $45,526
Production $34,303
Transportation & Material Moving $30,917