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 $11.40 $24.08 $29.32 $37.03 $18.39 $22.19 $24.67 $27.61 $25.62 $8.69 $13.17 $15.96 $18.98
Poverty Wage $5.84 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $7.91 $9.99 $12.07 $14.14 $3.96 $5.00 $6.03 $7.07
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 $3,477 $5,124 $7,715 $10,233 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474 $6,374 $7,933 $10,245 $12,474
Child Care $0 $7,567 $13,236 $18,905 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,567 $13,236 $18,905
Medical $2,321 $6,689 $6,345 $6,427 $5,283 $6,345 $6,427 $6,147 $5,283 $6,345 $6,427 $6,147
Housing $8,331 $12,854 $12,854 $16,514 $10,190 $12,854 $12,854 $16,514 $8,331 $12,854 $12,854 $16,514
Transportation $3,893 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540 $7,094 $8,341 $9,650 $9,540
Other $2,785 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729 $4,633 $5,030 $5,855 $5,729
Required annual income after taxes $20,807 $43,961 $53,521 $67,584 $33,575 $40,504 $45,031 $50,404 $31,715 $48,071 $58,267 $69,309
Annual taxes $2,903 $6,132 $7,466 $9,428 $4,684 $5,650 $6,282 $7,031 $4,424 $6,706 $8,128 $9,669
Required annual income before taxes $23,709 $50,093 $60,988 $77,012 $38,258 $46,154 $51,312 $57,435 $53,292 $36,139 $54,777 $66,395 $78,977

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $107,028
Business & Financial Operations $65,241
Computer & Mathematical $72,566
Architecture & Engineering $75,292
Life, Physical, & Social Science $62,885
Community & Social Service $43,021
Legal $54,131
Education, Training, & Library $57,598
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,501
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $66,023
Healthcare Support $31,355
Protective Service $36,602
Food Preparation & Serving Related $21,912
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $27,066
Personal Care & Service $23,558
Sales & Related $27,158
Office & Administrative Support $34,843
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $26,572
Construction & Extraction $47,269
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $46,539
Production $38,073
Transportation & Material Moving $32,528