Living Wage Calculation for Topeka, 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 $10.74 $23.28 $27.04 $32.61 $17.68 $22.14 $24.66 $27.75 $8.68 $12.96 $14.84 $17.00
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 $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 $3,075 $4,541 $6,826 $9,053 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035 $5,637 $7,025 $9,063 $11,035
Child Care $0 $6,632 $8,803 $10,974 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,632 $8,803 $10,974
Medical $2,265 $7,234 $6,946 $7,066 $5,246 $6,946 $7,066 $6,967 $5,246 $6,946 $7,066 $6,967
Housing $6,516 $9,420 $9,420 $12,396 $7,116 $9,420 $9,420 $12,396 $6,516 $9,420 $9,420 $12,396
Transportation $4,289 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115 $8,362 $10,608 $11,557 $12,115
Other $2,929 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381 $4,883 $5,070 $6,378 $6,381
Required annual income after taxes $19,074 $41,072 $47,673 $57,424 $31,243 $39,069 $43,484 $48,893 $30,643 $45,701 $52,287 $59,867
Annual taxes $3,264 $7,354 $8,578 $10,408 $5,540 $6,982 $7,801 $8,825 $5,456 $8,213 $9,434 $10,861
Required annual income before taxes $22,338 $48,426 $56,251 $67,832 $36,783 $46,052 $51,285 $57,719 $36,099 $53,914 $61,721 $70,728

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $83,433
Business & Financial Operations $56,669
Computer & Mathematical $67,149
Architecture & Engineering $60,572
Life, Physical, & Social Science $54,067
Community & Social Service $40,283
Legal $63,734
Education, Training, & Library $42,753
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $47,338
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $59,322
Healthcare Support $28,492
Protective Service $40,375
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,699
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $24,314
Personal Care & Service $22,454
Sales & Related $25,249
Office & Administrative Support $34,083
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $32,710
Construction & Extraction $40,293
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $43,658
Production $37,508
Transportation & Material Moving $34,286