Key Findings

Across the board, workers in Montana are not earning enough to make ends meet.

For four of five household types, less than half of all workers earn a living wage.

Only 55 percent of workers in the state earn enough for a single adult to make ends meet.

Only 21 percent earn enough to support two adults with two children, with one adult working.

Race Matters in Montana

Data was available for white, Asian, Native American, and all workers of color. Native Americans and all workers of color were less likely to earn a living wage for all household types than was true for the overall working population.

The widest gap between workers of color and all workers is for the household with a single adult. Fifty-five percent of all workers earn a wage greater than or equal to the living wage for a single adult, but only 34 percent of workers of color earn enough for a single adult to make ends meet. This is also the household with the largest gap for Asian workers and Native American workers, who earn a living wage 45 percent and 33 percent of the time, respectively.

Only 8 percent of Native American workers earn a living wage to support two adults and two children, with only one adult working, and only 9 percent earn enough for a single adult with two children.

Only 12 percent of all workers of color earn enough to support two adults and two children, with only one adult working.

Gender Matters in Montana

Across all household types, women were less likely than men to earn a living wage.

Half of female workers earn less than is needed for a single adult to make ends meet.

Only 12 percent of female workers earn enough to support two adults and two children with only one adult working.

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