Living Wage Calculation for Washington

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 $13.47 $27.08 $32.23 $41.46 $20.40 $24.93 $27.47 $32.97 $10.20 $14.89 $17.45 $21.48
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 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00 $12.00

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 $3,592 $5,306 $7,976 $10,578 $6,586 $8,208 $10,589 $12,893 $6,586 $8,208 $10,589 $12,893
Child Care $0 $8,856 $13,555 $18,255 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,856 $13,555 $18,255
Medical $1,960 $5,825 $5,537 $5,657 $4,499 $5,537 $5,657 $5,558 $4,499 $5,537 $5,657 $5,558
Housing $12,209 $16,908 $16,908 $24,206 $13,607 $16,908 $16,908 $24,206 $13,607 $16,908 $16,908 $24,206
Transportation $4,094 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $11,564 $7,982 $10,126 $11,032 $11,564
Other $2,734 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $5,955 $4,558 $4,732 $5,953 $5,955
Required annual income after taxes $24,590 $49,435 $58,834 $75,680 $37,232 $45,512 $50,139 $60,177 $37,232 $54,368 $63,694 $78,432
Annual taxes $3,430 $6,896 $8,207 $10,557 $5,194 $6,349 $6,994 $8,395 $5,194 $7,584 $8,885 $10,941
Required annual income before taxes $28,020 $56,331 $67,041 $86,238 $42,426 $51,861 $57,134 $68,571 $42,426 $61,952 $72,580 $89,373

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $116,479
Business & Financial Operations $74,071
Computer & Mathematical $108,103
Architecture & Engineering $92,165
Life, Physical, & Social Science $70,351
Community & Social Service $50,275
Legal $84,216
Education, Training, & Library $52,369
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $52,878
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $78,452
Healthcare Support $35,577
Protective Service $54,280
Food Preparation & Serving Related $27,587
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $32,639
Personal Care & Service $30,342
Sales & Related $34,489
Office & Administrative Support $40,700
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $29,864
Construction & Extraction $57,462
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $52,928
Production $41,727
Transportation & Material Moving $38,169