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 $11.30 $24.89 $28.59 $35.98 $18.51 $21.80 $24.80 $27.64 $17.22 $9.00 $13.31 $15.85 $18.31
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 $2,986 $4,394 $6,613 $8,777 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702 $5,474 $6,807 $8,786 $10,702
Child Care $0 $8,375 $11,982 $15,588 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,375 $11,982 $15,588
Medical $2,500 $7,881 $7,600 $7,658 $5,453 $7,600 $7,658 $7,328 $5,453 $7,600 $7,658 $7,328
Housing $7,247 $9,505 $9,505 $13,293 $8,185 $9,505 $9,505 $13,293 $7,247 $9,505 $9,505 $13,293
Transportation $4,236 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989 $8,754 $9,189 $11,032 $10,989
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 $19,625 $43,203 $49,626 $62,406 $32,160 $37,838 $43,039 $47,932 $31,222 $46,213 $55,021 $63,520
Annual taxes $3,877 $8,578 $9,847 $12,439 $6,339 $7,512 $8,540 $9,569 $6,208 $9,171 $10,914 $12,657
Required annual income before taxes $23,502 $51,781 $59,473 $74,845 $38,499 $45,349 $51,579 $57,501 $53,742 $37,430 $55,384 $65,935 $76,177

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $91,307
Business & Financial Operations $62,843
Computer & Mathematical $64,360
Architecture & Engineering $70,049
Life, Physical, & Social Science $51,445
Community & Social Service $39,565
Legal $55,094
Education, Training, & Library $0
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $40,631
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $51,219
Healthcare Support $26,548
Protective Service $35,865
Food Preparation & Serving Related $19,711
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $23,555
Personal Care & Service $19,854
Sales & Related $22,253
Office & Administrative Support $29,489
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $28,013
Construction & Extraction $35,486
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $37,454
Production $37,320
Transportation & Material Moving $26,548