Living Wage Calculation for Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). All values are per adult in a family unless otherwise noted. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as 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.

Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Living Wage $11.07 $23.83 $28.62 $36.62 $18.20 $21.54 $24.42 $27.12 $16.63 $8.59 $12.83 $15.81 $18.70
Poverty Wage $5.80 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $7.81 $9.82 $11.83 $13.84 $3.90 $4.91 $5.91 $6.92
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

*Documentation for families with an adult working part-time is available separately, here.

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.

Annual Expenses 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 1 Adult 2 Children 1 Adult 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Adults (1 Working) 1 Child 2 Adults (1 Working) 2 Children 2 Adults (1 Working) 3 Children 2 Adults (1 Working Part Time) 1 Child* 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Children 2 Adults 3 Children
Food $3,467 $5,103 $7,680 $10,192 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428 $6,357 $7,905 $10,203 $12,428
Child Care $0 $7,521 $13,155 $18,789 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,521 $13,155 $18,789
Medical $2,349 $6,552 $6,271 $6,328 $5,152 $6,271 $6,328 $5,998 $5,152 $6,271 $6,328 $5,998
Housing $8,118 $12,580 $12,580 $16,088 $9,953 $12,580 $12,580 $16,088 $8,118 $12,580 $12,580 $16,088
Transportation $3,609 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361 $7,457 $7,828 $9,398 $9,361
Other $2,656 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620 $4,294 $4,736 $6,059 $5,620
Required annual income after taxes $20,199 $43,507 $52,250 $66,854 $33,213 $39,320 $44,568 $49,495 $31,378 $46,841 $57,723 $68,284
Annual taxes $2,818 $6,069 $7,289 $9,326 $4,633 $5,485 $6,217 $6,905 $4,377 $6,534 $8,052 $9,526
Required annual income before taxes $23,017 $49,576 $59,538 $76,180 $37,846 $44,805 $50,785 $56,399 $51,901 $35,755 $53,375 $65,775 $77,809

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $105,278
Business & Financial Operations $64,298
Computer & Mathematical $75,666
Architecture & Engineering $78,074
Life, Physical, & Social Science $65,211
Community & Social Service $40,416
Legal $67,240
Education, Training, & Library $55,145
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,160
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $66,379
Healthcare Support $30,104
Protective Service $33,272
Food Preparation & Serving Related $20,418
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,984
Personal Care & Service $22,950
Sales & Related $26,753
Office & Administrative Support $33,774
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $25,994
Construction & Extraction $45,920
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,793
Production $36,818
Transportation & Material Moving $32,206