Living Wage Calculation for Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

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 $10.62 $22.60 $27.26 $33.41 $17.46 $21.88 $24.35 $27.03 $12.88 $8.38 $12.88 $14.92 $17.07
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 $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 $6,754 $9,571 $12,388 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,754 $9,571 $12,388
Medical $2,241 $6,747 $6,461 $6,621 $4,904 $6,461 $6,621 $6,479 $4,904 $6,461 $6,621 $6,479
Housing $6,388 $8,930 $8,930 $12,255 $7,670 $8,930 $8,930 $12,255 $6,388 $8,930 $8,930 $12,255
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 $18,471 $39,313 $47,428 $58,066 $30,409 $38,055 $42,360 $46,958 $29,127 $44,809 $51,931 $59,346
Annual taxes $3,615 $7,697 $9,279 $11,433 $5,910 $7,452 $8,291 $9,268 $5,734 $8,768 $10,156 $11,683
Required annual income before taxes $22,086 $47,010 $56,707 $69,500 $36,320 $45,507 $50,651 $56,226 $53,578 $34,861 $53,578 $62,087 $71,029

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $86,010
Business & Financial Operations $59,980
Computer & Mathematical $60,340
Architecture & Engineering $67,460
Life, Physical, & Social Science $47,650
Community & Social Service $38,470
Legal $61,610
Education, Training, & Library $0
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,900
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $52,220
Healthcare Support $25,500
Protective Service $35,720
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,660
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $21,150
Personal Care & Service $19,210
Sales & Related $21,080
Office & Administrative Support $28,260
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $24,690
Construction & Extraction $33,810
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $38,260
Production $38,190
Transportation & Material Moving $27,840