Living Wage Calculation for Charleston, 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 $9.99 $21.35 $27.48 $34.46 $16.95 $21.41 $23.87 $25.90 $12.25 $8.04 $12.25 $15.04 $17.60
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 $5,799 $9,148 $9,148 $11,378 $7,384 $9,148 $9,148 $11,378 $5,799 $9,148 $9,148 $11,378
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 $17,724 $37,788 $48,473 $60,586 $30,031 $37,898 $42,202 $45,705 $28,446 $43,285 $52,976 $61,866
Annual taxes $3,046 $6,622 $8,683 $11,096 $5,218 $6,642 $7,445 $8,158 $5,001 $7,659 $9,572 $11,355
Required annual income before taxes $20,770 $44,411 $57,156 $71,683 $35,249 $44,540 $49,647 $53,864 $50,943 $33,446 $50,943 $62,548 $73,221

Typical Annual Salaries

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

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $73,490
Business & Financial Operations $52,250
Computer & Mathematical $53,580
Architecture & Engineering $62,450
Life, Physical, & Social Science $41,860
Community & Social Service $35,840
Legal $65,170
Education, Training, & Library $46,560
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $37,200
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $53,660
Healthcare Support $23,930
Protective Service $30,010
Food Preparation & Serving Related $18,840
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $19,700
Personal Care & Service $18,900
Sales & Related $21,800
Office & Administrative Support $29,430
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,950
Construction & Extraction $45,200
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $37,640
Production $33,950
Transportation & Material Moving $28,910