Living Wage Calculation for Rapid City, SD

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support themsleves and/or their family, working full-time, or 2080 hours per year. The tables below provide living wage estimates for individuals and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In households with two working adults, all hourly values reflect what one working adult requires to earn to meet their families’ basic needs, assuming the other adult also earns the same.

The poverty wage and state minimum wage are for reference purposes. Poverty wage estimates come from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Poverty Guidelines for 2024 and have been converted from an annual value to an hourly wage for ease of comparison. The state minimum wage data is sourced from the Labor Law Center and includes the minimum wage in a given state as of January of that year.

For further detail, please reference the Methodology page. The data on this page was last updated on February 14, 2024.

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 $19.82 $34.13 $41.58 $53.80 $28.58 $34.65 $39.27 $42.02 $14.29 $19.39 $23.56 $26.67
Poverty Wage $7.24 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $9.83 $12.41 $15.00 $17.59 $4.91 $6.21 $7.50 $8.79
Minimum Wage $11.20 $11.20 $11.20 $11.20 $11.20 $11.20 $11.20 $11.20 $11.20 $11.20 $11.20 $11.20

Typical Expenses

The table below shows the costs of each basic need that go into estimating the living wage. Like with the living wage, their values vary by location and family size.

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 $4,348 $6,410 $9,615 $12,779 $7,972 $9,923 $12,780 $15,582 $7,972 $9,923 $12,780 $15,582
Child Care $0 $7,681 $14,631 $20,685 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,681 $14,631 $20,685
Medical $3,455 $9,973 $9,833 $10,412 $7,831 $9,833 $10,412 $9,905 $7,831 $9,833 $10,412 $9,905
Housing $9,495 $14,010 $14,010 $19,085 $10,672 $14,010 $14,010 $19,085 $10,672 $14,010 $14,010 $19,085
Transportation $10,473 $12,121 $15,268 $17,568 $12,121 $15,268 $17,568 $17,548 $12,121 $15,268 $17,568 $17,548
Civic $2,889 $5,083 $6,398 $7,409 $5,083 $6,398 $7,409 $6,926 $5,083 $6,398 $7,409 $6,926
Internet & Mobile $1,269 $1,269 $1,269 $1,269 $1,839 $1,839 $1,839 $1,839 $1,839 $1,839 $1,839 $1,839
Other $4,086 $7,294 $7,756 $10,720 $7,294 $7,756 $10,720 $10,305 $7,294 $7,756 $10,720 $10,305
Required annual income after taxes $36,016 $63,841 $78,780 $99,928 $52,812 $65,027 $74,738 $81,190 $52,812 $72,708 $89,370 $101,876
Annual taxes $5,210 $7,156 $7,699 $11,970 $6,643 $7,043 $6,951 $6,219 $6,643 $7,952 $8,626 $9,084
Required annual income before taxes $41,225 $70,997 $86,479 $111,897 $59,455 $72,070 $81,689 $87,409 $59,455 $80,660 $97,996 $110,959

Typical Annual Salaries

The average annual salaries for various occupations in the table below comes from the latest state-level data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. When available, this data is specific to a given metro area.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $111,480
Business & Financial Operations $72,030
Computer & Mathematical $82,390
Architecture & Engineering $76,560
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,170
Community & Social Service $47,000
Legal $84,660
Education, Training, & Library $46,250
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $45,310
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $82,810
Healthcare Support $34,900
Protective Service $48,260
Food Preparation & Serving Related $28,300
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $30,720
Personal Care & Service $29,790
Sales & Related $44,720
Office & Administrative Support $37,190
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $42,530
Construction & Extraction $47,120
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $51,490
Production $39,820
Transportation & Material Moving $38,680