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 $15.87 $31.39 $38.95 $50.65 $24.73 $30.68 $36.43 $38.87 $12.35 $17.44 $22.42 $25.74
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 $7,025 $14,050 $21,075 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,025 $14,050 $21,075
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 $7,248 $9,612 $9,612 $12,324 $7,296 $9,612 $9,612 $12,324 $7,248 $9,612 $9,612 $12,324
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 $26,527 $52,460 $65,097 $84,656 $41,323 $51,280 $60,887 $64,961 $41,275 $58,304 $74,937 $86,037
Annual taxes $6,487 $12,829 $15,920 $20,703 $10,106 $12,541 $14,890 $15,887 $10,094 $14,259 $18,326 $21,041
Required annual income before taxes $33,014 $65,290 $81,017 $105,358 $51,429 $63,820 $75,777 $80,848 $51,369 $72,563 $93,263 $107,077

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $88,949
Business & Financial Operations $62,691
Computer & Mathematical $72,236
Architecture & Engineering $67,688
Life, Physical, & Social Science $57,908
Community & Social Service $45,689
Legal $81,459
Education, Training, & Library $50,044
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $50,536
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $65,548
Healthcare Support $29,125
Protective Service $47,936
Food Preparation & Serving Related $22,181
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,018
Personal Care & Service $25,188
Sales & Related $28,023
Office & Administrative Support $37,739
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $33,823
Construction & Extraction $45,903
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $52,805
Production $39,269
Transportation & Material Moving $36,230