What is a living wage in D.C.?
In July, D.C. lawmakers gave final approval to a bill requiring certain large retailers to pay their employees a 50 percent premium over the city’s minimum wage, a day after Wal-Mart warned the law would jeopardize their plans in the city.
In September, Mayor Vincent C. Gray vetoed the bill, which would have applied to retailers with corporate sales of $1 billion or more and operating in spaces 75,000 square feet or larger would be required to pay employees no less than $12.50 an hour. The city’s minimum wage is $8.25.
Current D.C. minimum wage
Living wageApproved by
D.C. median wagesBLS estimate
For full-time workers, 52 weeks per year
|Amount to live on per day
|Annual pretax pay||$17,160||$26,000||$61,963|
|Percent above or below the D.C. poverty level for a one-person household
The poverty level is $11,490.
|Percent above or below the D.C. poverty level for a four-person household
The poverty level is $23,550.
SOURCE: D.C. City Council, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Labor Statistics. GRAPHIC: Darla Cameron - The Washington Post. Published Sept. 12, 2013.