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 $10.47 $22.44 $28.23 $35.54 $17.02 $21.40 $23.80 $26.48 $12.69 $7.95 $12.69 $15.38 $18.21
Poverty Wage $5.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $7.00 $9.00 $11.00 $13.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 $6.00
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 $3,464 $5,244 $7,806 $10,314 $6,351 $8,037 $10,321 $12,541 $6,351 $8,037 $10,321 $12,541
Child Care $0 $7,278 $12,731 $18,183 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,278 $12,731 $18,183
Medical $2,057 $5,580 $5,294 $5,454 $4,423 $5,294 $5,454 $5,312 $4,423 $5,294 $5,454 $5,312
Housing $7,696 $12,326 $12,326 $15,636 $9,731 $12,326 $12,326 $15,636 $7,696 $12,326 $12,326 $15,636
Transportation $3,568 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $9,687 $6,775 $8,850 $9,655 $9,687
Other $2,355 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $5,246 $3,841 $4,625 $5,760 $5,246
Required annual income after taxes $19,141 $41,044 $51,632 $65,002 $31,121 $39,131 $43,516 $48,422 $29,087 $46,409 $56,247 $66,605
Annual taxes $2,630 $5,640 $7,095 $8,932 $4,276 $5,377 $5,979 $6,654 $3,997 $6,377 $7,729 $9,152
Required annual income before taxes $21,771 $46,684 $58,726 $73,933 $35,398 $44,508 $49,495 $55,076 $52,786 $33,084 $52,786 $63,975 $75,757

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $99,150
Business & Financial Operations $61,200
Computer & Mathematical $72,310
Architecture & Engineering $72,760
Life, Physical, & Social Science $61,450
Community & Social Service $40,680
Legal $71,350
Education, Training, & Library $52,410
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,380
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $62,040
Healthcare Support $27,950
Protective Service $32,700
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,350
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $25,560
Personal Care & Service $22,070
Sales & Related $25,450
Office & Administrative Support $32,270
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $23,990
Construction & Extraction $42,930
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $44,150
Production $34,740
Transportation & Material Moving $31,590