Living Wage Calculation for Beckley, WV

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 $9.73 $20.74 $26.87 $33.80 $16.57 $20.80 $23.26 $25.24 $11.94 $7.91 $11.94 $14.73 $17.27
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 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75 $8.75

*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 $2,983 $4,516 $6,722 $8,882 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799 $5,469 $6,921 $8,888 $10,799
Child Care $0 $5,387 $10,774 $16,161 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,387 $10,774 $16,161
Medical $2,083 $6,371 $6,085 $6,245 $4,811 $6,085 $6,245 $6,103 $4,811 $6,085 $6,245 $6,103
Housing $5,327 $8,033 $8,033 $10,172 $6,686 $8,033 $8,033 $10,172 $5,327 $8,033 $8,033 $10,172
Transportation $4,401 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951 $8,358 $10,918 $11,911 $11,951
Other $2,458 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474 $4,008 $4,826 $6,010 $5,474
Required annual income after taxes $17,252 $36,673 $47,358 $59,381 $29,333 $36,783 $41,087 $44,499 $27,974 $42,170 $51,861 $60,660
Annual taxes $2,981 $6,469 $8,530 $10,930 $5,122 $6,489 $7,292 $7,993 $4,936 $7,505 $9,419 $11,189
Required annual income before taxes $20,233 $43,142 $55,888 $70,311 $34,455 $43,271 $48,379 $52,492 $49,675 $32,909 $49,675 $61,279 $71,849

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $70,620
Business & Financial Operations $55,750
Computer & Mathematical $45,810
Architecture & Engineering $57,440
Life, Physical, & Social Science $39,200
Community & Social Service $34,740
Legal $49,670
Education, Training, & Library $47,210
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $33,560
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $52,600
Healthcare Support $23,080
Protective Service $23,200
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,860
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $19,690
Personal Care & Service $19,000
Sales & Related $20,220
Office & Administrative Support $26,300
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $21,520
Construction & Extraction $42,790
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $33,400
Production $35,610
Transportation & Material Moving $27,490